Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Landscaping Products UK

Garden with a pond

It’s quite simple to design an eco-friendly landscape.

Traditionally, landscape designs are known to feature lots of grassy spaces with carefully tended trees and bushes in the foreground.

However, this sort of landscaping does not thrive in warmer, drier regions and needs a lot of water and upkeep.

The most important thing you can do to conserve water is to reduce the quantity of water used for landscaping.

Water use for landscaping can account for as much as 60% of the average household’s total water consumption, so conserving water in your eco-friendly landscape lowers your expenses while also helping the environment.

Everybody desires a neatly manicured lawn and garden area. The good thing is that creating a landscape design that is both attractive and low-maintenance is very achievable.

This article will explore some of the best environmentally friendly outdoor landscaping products that will help you set up a beautiful and environmentally friendly outdoor space.

Mulch

Mulching is an excellent way of encouraging plant growth while also improving the visual quality of a landscape.

The application of mulch will enhance soil moisture by retaining water when it is insufficient and limiting soil run-off whenever it is in excess.

Natural straw mulch placed around plants

It will limit weed invasion around vegetation, safeguarding your flowers, herbs, berries, and veggies while lowering overall garden upkeep.

Some mulch materials, like wood chips and gravel rocks, will help give your landscape a beautiful, tidy appearance. Environmentalism is a major concern for a lot of people who love gardening.

If you aim to create a beautiful landscape while positively impacting your environment, consider using eco-friendly mulch.

What defines an eco-friendly mulch? Is it produced from organic materials, a homegrown product, or a soil and plant nutrient-rich substance?

While cypress chips have been around for a long time and rubber is the newest eco-friendly material, the ideal solution may be the simplest one.

In utilising materials found in the backyard — twigs, branches, leaf litter, and compost — atop 3 or 4 sheets of old papers, you will eliminate the need for shipping, packaging, storage, and unnecessary expenses. 

It’s also good for the environment, as it makes use of waste you’d otherwise throw away.

For aesthetic reasons, there may be better options. Ensure you use the material that best suits your demands and environmental needs. 

WPC composite boards 

Wood plastic composites (commonly known as WPC) have features that make them particularly well suited to meet the needs of both home and commercial customers in the landscape industry.

WPC composite boards have environmental benefits and are long-term solutions that combine organic materials with virgin, recycled plastics, typically HDPE.

They are well-regarded as cost-friendly products with a smaller environmental footprint, exceptional visual appeal, and high performance.

The major benefit of using WPC composite boards in your landscape design is that it requires less upkeep than real wood.

Unlike wood, WPC boards don’t need sealing, sanding, or repainting. The boards are also resistant to warping, splintering, and cracking. It means that homeowners will save money on upkeep and labour in the foreseeable future.

Other advantages of WPC boards include:

  • Superior durability 
  • Resistance to pests, decay, and moisture.
  • Close resemblance to real wood. 

Now that the world is concerned about climate change, WPC boards are the most eco-friendly option.

By making wood plastic composites from recycled resources, manufacturers are working to enhance sustainability. For instance, Ultra Decking uses a non-toxic, environmentally friendly manufacturing technique. 

Artificial grass

Artificial grass is gaining popularity due to the fact that it demands little to no pesticide, water, fertiliser, or herbicides.

Laying artificial grass also cuts down on the amount of labour, time, and cash required for landscaping tasks.

Artificial turf can further assist in saving up to 56,000 gallons of water per year, as well as money and chores — it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Smart Irrigation

Irrigation systems are an important part of an eco-friendly landscape design since they prevent water from being wasted. You can save water by using drip irrigation system, which delivers water directly to plants.

Gardener using ipad to control smart irrigation sustem to water garden

Check your lawn irrigation equipment for cracks and make any required repairs to avoid wasting water or washing pavements, decks, roadways, and the street.

To stimulate deep vegetative growth and drought resistance, water for extended but infrequent periods. 

Large plant beds and fake grass are major elements in this attractively planned yard.

To reduce evaporation, irrigate your landscape and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. Smart irrigation systems will turn off during periods of rainfall and only release water when necessary.

Hardscapes

Use hardscapes such as rocks, tiles, and concrete steps in your outdoor spacento enhance the appearance of your landscape design. A lounge area encircled by pebbles and flowers can become a popular gathering spot for the whole family. 

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