Every home needs a good landscaping plan. Look around Melbourne and you will see fancy water features, elegant looking retaining walls, and different other tricks homeowners are using to create beautiful gardens and livable outdoor spaces.
It won’t matter much that the house itself looks beautiful. The property will not look appealing if the outdoor spaces have overgrown grass and trees that are planted haphazardly. An attractive landscaping Plumpton plan matters.
But in your quest to achieve the picturesque outdoors that will be your neighbors’ envy, do you consider what effect it will have on the environment? How much water and electricity are you using? Are you not chopping down native trees and plants that local flora and fauna depend on for food and shelter? Are your methods not undoing others’ efforts to maintain a clean and pollution free city of Melbourne?
A sustainable landscaping Plumpton design that is properly executed will show the world you are not selfish and that you care about the things that matter. And the health and look of the natural environment is a big deal for most of us. But what must a good landscaping job do to show you care about the environment and other important things that affect the quality of life for those around you?
It doesn’t matter that there is flooding in other parts of the world. Somewhere in the world people are struggling for water to drink and to water crops. And even if it rains abundantly this year in Melbourne, there is no guarantee it will do so again next season. The threat of irregular rainfall patterns is growing ever more serious with global warming. Thus, your landscaping plan must conserve as much water as possible.
Ensure your installed irrigation system does not sprinkle water where it’s not needed and that it does not continue to irrigate even when the garden is now well watered. Use timers that automatically turn the irrigation off after a set period of time. Again use as much mulching as possible to conserve moisture to avoid constant watering.
Consider incorporating xeriscape designs in your greater landscaping plan. Xeriscaping are landscaping and garden plans that include plants that do not need supplemental irrigation. Instead of planting exotic tree species that may need a lot of watering, opt for native plants that are more adapted to your local climate.
You can even go the hardscaping route, by building hard wearing, fully concrete water features and laying gravel or paved sections where you would have planted a lawn.
You can create a great looking landscaping plan for your property and still harm the environment through the materials and construction methods you use. Sustainable materials are those whose production, transportation, and use does not cause pollution, waste water, use too much energy, or disturb the local ecosystem.
Choose materials that are manufactured closer to where you want to build to reduce the amount of diesel burnt, and the smoke emitted by trucks, during their transportation. Preferably, use materials that are reusable and recyclable. For example, you can even use old wooden railway sleepers for your retaining walls. Using recycled materials conserves our forests and reduces the amount of waste that ends up at landfills.
As much as possible, limit the use of products that compromise people and animal health! Avoid products that use volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their manufacture. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), used in plastic drainage and irrigation pipes as well as fencing poles, releases harmful gases into the atmosphere during both its manufacture and disposal.
By choosing a safer alternative, like high-density polyethylene (HDPE), you are ensuring your landscaping does not harm yours and other people’s health.
As populations grow, pressure on the already scarce energy increases. Power utilities have to resort to unsustainable electricity sources, like coal power plants and diesel generators, to meet growing demand. Investigate if you can’t use renewable electricity sources, like solar, for the pump in your water features, and for your irrigation and outdoor lighting systems.
An example of a wasteful act is choosing to deal with suppliers from out of town where there are local ones who can supply the same quality materials. The excess fuel used to transport the materials to the site is energy that could have been saved.
As you design your landscaping plan, consider how the plan will alter the existing landscape. This has implications on the amount of water, energy, and money you will use on your landscaping plan. Consider how you can mold your new landscape around your land’s existing features. Just so you don’t excavate mounds of earth, uprooting trees and scarring the landscape.
There are several LID techniques that allow you to work around your land’s natural features to reduce soil erosion, promote storm water harvesting, and encourage responsible gardening. When used, these techniques can even help harvest soil and vegetation washed onto your property during rainstorms.
Sustainable LID practices include rain gardens, bio-retention facilities, vegetated rooftops, retaining walls, permeable pavements, and rain barrels. Adopting these will promote the natural movement of rainwater and restore your particular watershed’s ecological and hydrological functions.
It’s easy to do some things and not care about how it affects others simply because you can afford the expense. While using noisy heavy machinery that also smoke a lot may speed up your landscaping project, consider that this is a suburban area where the biggest attractions may be lack of noise and air pollution.
Why not do away with the heavy machinery and use a few human hands instead? Yes, tt may mean your landscaping project takes a bit longer to complete. But at least you are giving jobs to people who need them and are helping to keep the peace and protect the environment.
Ensure you are not wasting scarce resources and polluting the environment by using large earth moving machines where a smaller grader would have done the job just as well. Or even using too much water where you could opt for methods that actually conserve it.
Are you considering a new landscaping Plumpton plan of your property and wondering which contractor can do it sustainably?
At Diploma Homes we have cut our teeth right here in Melbourne, and been refining our systems since 1976. We have used the resulting expertise to develop some of Melbourne’s best landscaping plans. We will bring any landscaping plan to life while protecting the natural environment. We also build retaining walls, water features, and many other landscaping features that add to the value of your property. Contact us today for a free consultation.