Updated: Mar 20
Sustainable landscaping’s primary goal is limiting the human impact on the natural environment. But what does that have to do with our personal green spaces? It isn’t just for nature lovers or environmental advocates to consider – sustainable landscaping has some great benefits for all garden owners to note.
What initially sounds like buzzwords does have its advantages once you take a closer look. From saving time spent on garden maintenance and still having a great looking lawn, many more garden owners are taking the time to create sustainable garden and landscape spaces for themselves. So before you decide if sustainable landscaping is for you or if you are already planning to get a landscape company in Singapore to help you with this but still want to know more, here are some considerations to take into account when designing a sustainable garden.
1. Carefully consider the materials you use for your garden
It’s crucial to use locally-sourced materials, including wood, stone, gravel, concrete, plants, and other supplies, to reduce the ecological footprint of how they were obtained and transported. This is why it’s best to ask the origin of the materials your landscape contractor will use to ensure you’ll have the sustainable garden design you’ve been dreaming of.
But the building of your garden is one part of this equation; the other is how you upkeep and maintain the different aspects of your garden. Opting for artificial grass is one way to make your garden design sustainable, as it requires less maintenance and lasts longer than natural grass, all the while feeling and looking the same way its counterpart does. The only difference is that it requires no watering, fertilising, or mowing, saving you lots of money in the long run.
2. Choosing plants that can thrive in your local ecosystem
When choosing plants for a sustainable garden design, pick those that support local pollinators and wildlife. Not only do they require less thought and planning to include as part of your garden ecosystem, you also would not require different routines or even equipment to take care of them as compared to some other plants. These plants can then provide nectar, seeds, and nests for local wildlife, promoting lush natural growth.
Another key consideration is not introducing foreign plants that can be unknowingly invasive or threaten to outcompete and outgrow other local flora and fauna. This is the case with many plants and insects brought over from other countries. The US and Australia are some countries that prohibit the transport of any biological or natural wildlife unless a special permit is granted.
3. Creating a garden that requires minimal external supervision
Generally, gardens require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking their best. But while that may be the case, there is a huge difference between a garden that needs active care and lots of chemical fertilisers versus those that require infrequent grooming to keep a garden looking its best.
Carefully choosing what plants (or artificial turfing) make up your garden ecosystem will result in you skipping various steps that other more meticulous gardeners have to perform should they choose to upkeep plants brought over from a different climate or require daily pruning and maintenance to look good. To each its own, we say, but we know a lot of garden owners who would prefer to have a garden that looks great with minimal fuss.
By choosing a sustainable garden landscape design in Singapore, you’ll be able to help preserve the environment and, at the same time, save precious time and money in the long run.
If you are still unsure, don’t be hesitate to reach out and talk to the experts at Star Landscape today to discuss the design you have in mind. We have more than a decade’s worth of experience and will share with you the solutions we have come up with for various clients that have the same concerns as you, all for that perfect garden you have in mind.