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Eco friendly landscape gardening is related to wildlife gardening and organic gardening, but there are important differences. For example, peat is organic and natural, but using it for gardening is unsustainable. Using concrete slabs for patios and paths is not environmentally friendly whereas using Indian sandstone (although cruel to the children mining them) is. Sustainability comes first or nothing else would make sense, so my order of priorities are, a garden that is sustainable, works for you or your client and is good for wildlife and then organic.
More and more people are interested in environmentally friendly garden landscaping. This article explains the basics.
Be neither an Eco warrior or an Eco worrier.
So what is the Eco-garden landscaper supposed to do about paths, terracing and patios, driveways and walls? It is basically about four things.
Reclaimed materials are the safe way.
When laying paths, terracing and patios, driveways and walls, a slightly more expensive option, but positively Eco friendly would be to use reclaimed materials such as house brick (they make attractive and permeable surfaces), terra-cotta roof tiles (for path edges), reclaimed walling stone and timber sleepers make great retaining and boundary walls.
When laying patios allow water to filter through and into the ground, instead of pointing, fill the gaps with sand or grit.
It is all about a balance and common sense because almost all of the landscaping materials we use in our "green" garden will have had, or will have, some impact on the environment, but some have less impact and are more Eco-friendly.
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