Caring for our planet has never been more urgent. So when you’re planning your landscaping project, how can you make it sustainable?  Whether you’re a landscaper or a gardener, you can reduce your carbon impact and make wildilfe welcome with a few thoughtful choices. Here are some simple ways you can boost the good that your garden does for you and for the environment…

Upcycle

Start with what you have and think about what can be re-used. For example, this award winning show garden is full of ideas including the stunning deck, bar and pergola from old scaffold boards and poles.

Re-used scaffold board decking

Multiple award winning garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival 2021 built by Kebur Landscape Division with APL

If you have old concrete paving, this could work well as a base for a shed or summer house. In this way, blending old with new creates character and makes your budget go further too.

Use recycled materials

You may be surprised to know how many landscaping products are wholly or largely recycled in content. This makes it easy to reduce, re-use or recycle. Reclaimed York Stone is a classic paving choice that holds its value and will truly stand the test of time. You can also choose from many decorative stones such as slate paddlestones or marble chippings that are sourced from unused waste or by-products from industry.

Blue Slate chippings are made from recycled material

If you’re creating a deck, our HD Deck Pro and SAiGE composite decking are produced using at least 95% recycled materials and come with 10-25 year warranties.

Decking with flip flops and sunglasses

And many stunning contemporary paving solutions use largely recycled content.

Choose sustainable timber

To ensure you are able to enjoy forest products for years to come, look out for timber products that are sustainably sourced. This means checking whether timber is harvested to promote responsible management of forests.

Sustainable timber

All our timber and composite products supplied by KDM, Composite Prime and SAiGE are from responsibly managed sources, meaning you can enjoy fencing, garden structures and composite decking with a clear conscience.

You can also avoid chemical treatments by opting for naturally durable timber. Try new oak sleepers, Western red cedar fencing slats and hardwood decking for example.

Consider life-span

Paying a little more for quality can mean your products last a lot longer. When choosing a lap panel, cheaper panels may have only three or fewer vertical batons to support them and may be more vulnerable to the wind.

Lap Panels

Paying a few pounds extra for a 6 foot lap panel with five vertical batons means the panel will be stronger and more resilient to the weather.

Go permeable

With more extreme weather patterns like drought and flooding, we’re having to take water management more seriously. When planning a garden with lots of hard landscaping, include permeable surfaces. This is so rain water and any pollutants can be naturally absorbed by the ground on site; reducing run-off in this way puts less pressure on sewers and waterways.

Woburn Rumbled Infilta

Permeable paving can look great as well as being good for flood management

There are lots of affordable options which can look great as part of any garden design; for example, choose from self-binding gravel, decorative aggregates and permeable driveway blocks. Find out more about permeable paving.

Make space for plants

Every plant is a carbon store and a potential source of food and shelter for wildlife. So make sure you include plenty of plants and trees in your garden. If you have a front garden and are in need of a parking space, it’s tempting to pave it over completely. Instead, why not give space for plants? You’ll also improve your kerb appeal by mixing some planting in with your hard standing. The RHS has some great ideas on how to include plants in your front garden.

Front garden with planting and parking

Photo courtesy RHS

Go peat-free

When you’re planting anything, avoid any peat based compost so you are helping to preserve peatlands, which are vital carbon stores. All our compost at Kebur is peat-free.

Person planting lettuce seedlings in compost

Create habitats for wildlife

Loss of habitat is causing a huge fall in species in the UK. So much so that the global insect decline could threaten our food chain if we don’t act soon. Make your garden project a haven for birds and bees with simple choices. Try native hedges, wildflower meadows and log piles which are low maintenance and will look great.

Wildflower meado

We’ve partnered with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust to support their work to improve the local environment for the benefit of people and wildlife. They have lots of ideas on how to make a garden wildlife friendly including how to support our prickly hedgehog friends.

 

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