Sustainability in our world is becoming increasingly important, in every aspect. Whether it’s how we eat, entertain ourselves or live, we must do our part to live sustainably. Sustainability is affected by every part of our lives, including our public space’s landscape. Many clients are surprised to know that sustainability can be achieved through their landscape.
With technology developed over the years, in addition to smart and local choices, the environment can benefit through landscaping options. These options are available from Civil and Scape. We’ll gladly give advice about what elements you can include in your landscape to make it more sustainable. Your Civil and Scape landscaper will be able to guide you through the below options and figure out what works best for your commercial space.
Why should you try to achieve sustainability in your landscape and landscape design?
It may not be obvious to some why sustainability is important and why you should include it in your landscape. Before we get into how you can achieve sustainability in your landscape, let’s take a look at why you should.
- Become a haven for local birds and insects.
- Become more attractive to your customers by drawing attention to the sustainability of the landscape. This is especially effective if your target market is made up of eco-conscious people.
- Enhance your building’s aesthetic by contrasting the lush greenery of nature with industrial concrete and brick.
- Benefit financially by cutting out the use of unsustainable and harmful chemicals, reducing your water usage and conserving energy, fertilisers and resources.
5 ways you can achieve sustainability in your landscape
- Use native plants
A large part of sustainable landscaping involves planting native species of plants, shrubs and trees. It does not only harmonise much better with the climate and soil of Australia, giving you a more low-maintenance but healthier looking landscape, but it also saves water and what it would have financially cost to sustain it. Plants like eucalyptus trees, lemon myrtle, banksia and kangaroo paw can thrive in an Australian landscape, encourage local animals and cut your costs.
- Include solar-powered lighting
One of the most common but under-utilised elements in landscaping is solar-powered lighting. While it’s not a new invention, you’d be surprised to know that not many businesses use it. However, in Australia and especially Sydney, we are lucky enough to be graced with sunlight the majority of the year, which is why we should capitalise on features like solar-powered lighting. They reduce energy bills and your company’s footprint.
Try lining your accessway with solar lights or highlighting your entrance. It’s a great way to draw attention to your business at night. In Sydney’s climate, you’re almost guaranteed to have steady illumination throughout the year.
- Implement a proper stormwater management system
Stormwater management, while the responsibility of the city, is the responsibility of private business owners. If not managed properly, it can cause your business severe financial and structural damage through flooding, encourage weed invasion, pollute nearby natural resources and promote stream erosion. Additionally, native species usually rely on such flow regimes for spawning, juvenile development, and migration. Without proper stormwater management, this can be severely affected. Ensure that you approach a professional company, such as Civil and Scape, to implement the proper stormwater management system for your business.
- Use trees as a natural form of shade
Using trees as a natural form of shade and privacy is a great way to introduce sustainability into your company. Australia can often get hot, causing glares to frequently peep into offices and cause inconveniences. Use native shady trees such as tree waratah, maple trees and tulipwood. These are great options for providing cool shade on those sunny days.
Additionally, many office buildings that are close together suffer from not enough privacy. While there is not much that you can do about the location, there is something you can do to increase your privacy–shady trees! Trees with tall branches and big leaves can provide privacy without you having to close your blinds and block the sunlight.
- Reduce water usage
Reducing your water usage is one of the easiest ways to achieve sustainability in your landscape. It does not only cut your water bill but it ensures that you aren’t overusing one of the earth’s most precious resources. Trying cutting your company’s water usage in its landscape with these methods:
- Use native trees
- Create hydrazones
- Use timed irrigation systems
Are you in need of sustainable commercial landscaping services for your building? At Civil and Scape, we have a deep understanding of all aspects of landscaping, construction and maintenance which allows us to take a forward-thinking and unique approach.
We provide proactive and sustainable solutions, ensuring to deliver a successful outcome.
Work with our team today for a seamless experience and perfect execution. Browse through our gallery to view our past projects.
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