Environmental Landscape Work
A key differentiating factor that sets us apart from other professional landscaping companies is our environmental ethos. Xeriscaping and naturescaping are two new landscaping concepts that Life Landscapes has embraced. Xeriscaping is a landscaping technique that makes use of water-wise and drought resistant plants, as well as using water conserving techniques and efficient irrigation systems. Naturescaping promotes the planting of indigenous and native plants to encourage beneficial and local wildlife to coexist with people in an urban environment.
Gardeners are not green if they:
- Have high carbon footprints from mowing lawns, driving from site to site, and delivering compost and fertilisers.
- Plant exotic or invasive plants that have no benefit to local wildlife and outcompetes indigenous plants for water.
- Use chemical fertilisers that devalue the soil.
- Water excessively and do not plant water-wise vegetation.
“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” - Michael Pollan
We have decided not to be that type of landscaping company. Climate change is going to have a big impact on the way we garden, and as a country and a continent we need to reassess our methods. A garden can be utilised to combat Urban Island Heat effect and climate change.
The most effective way to make your garden more sustainable is to get rid of unnecessary lawn and turn it into a veld garden, which is known internationally as a prairie garden. The second step is to implement sustainable practices on-site, such as compost heaps, Bokashi systems and worm farms, which reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and lessen the landscaper’s carbon footprint.
Life Landscapes acknowledges that not all our landscaping sites are as green as we would like them to be, but we encourage all of our clients to make the change to indigenous gardens and consider sustainable gardening practices on-site.
Life Landscapes appreciates that through greener landscaping, we can reduce our carbon footprint, attract important wildlife to gardens and maintain sustainable gardens that are beautiful and natural.