If you’re thinking about re-developing your gardens in the coming months, you will need to spend a decent amount of time planning the work. It’s a good idea to speak with both a landscape designer and a professional landscaping team ahead of time to ensure they know exactly what you want to achieve.
It’s also a good idea to spend some time thinking about the design you’re looking for and how you’re going to achieve it in your backyard. There are numerous different materials you could be using, but we always recommend going for the eco-friendly choice.
And here are three reasons why:
- Eco-friendly Materials Won’t Leach Chemicals
Although you might not realise it, many plastic and other landscaping and building materials are actually manufactured using some pretty nasty chemicals. Over time, these chemicals can leach into your soil, effectively poisoning your garden and affecting the health of the people and animals who use it.
Fortunately, there are plenty of chemical-free alternatives, and the selection is rapidly growing as “green” landscaping becomes more popular. Materials such as wood, concrete and stone are all quite eco-friendly and are much better choices than plastics and other synthetic materials.
- Using an Eco-friendly Design is Good for the Environment
Okay, so this is probably pretty self-explanatory, but we’re going to have a quick look at it anyway. Basically, eco-friendly landscaping materials are much more environmentally friendly than their synthetic alternatives, but why?
- As noted above, they won’t leach nasty chemicals into the soil and surrounding waterways.
- Sustainable materials are generally sourced using a more sustainable process that doesn’t involve significant carbon emissions.
- Using an eco-friendly design will help you improve both energy and water efficiency.
Really, we think the last one is one of the most important. In the modern world, both energy and water are in short supply, which means that it’s extremely important for us to conserve them wherever possible.
- Eco-friendly Materials Will Encourage a Healthy Garden
Finally, using eco-friendly landscaping materials will encourage a healthy garden, especially if you live in an area that’s regularly frequented by birds and wildlife. Eliminating toxic plastics and chemicals from your landscape design will make it much more attractive to local fauna.
In addition, you might find that your gardens are actually healthier, greener and in better condition in general. Once again, this is largely due to the elimination of nasty chemicals, but it could also be because of increased wildlife activity if your sustainable design has resulted in this.
In general, we recommend that everyone should be integrating some sort of eco-friendly landscaping processes when they’re redeveloping their gardens. This isn’t difficult, and it comes with a wide range of benefits.
For example, using eco-friendly materials will prevent toxic chemicals from leaching into your soil and, by extension, into the local waterways. At the same time, you should notice more bird and animal life if you use “green” landscaping techniques, and you might find that your gardens are just healthier in general.