Nov 2019 GREEN CONCRETE LANDSCAPING
Fast becoming a critical consideration of eco-conscious citizens around the world, “Green” concrete landscaping and using concrete to repurpose, harvest and conserve water is the latest trend in Xeriscaping and environmental sustainability.
As climate changes and the effects of global warming start to reveal their consequences by shaping new seasons, extreme weather patterns and a growing number of natural disasters, we must continue to look for ways to live in a more sustainable and eco-conscious manner. Green garden landscaping or more formally referred to as Xeriscaping takes into consideration the change in environmental factors that are influencing typical weather patterns. Where seasonal rainfall has started to drastically decline, extreme temperatures raises the mercury far beyond what has ever been experienced before and El Niño patterns wreak havoc on South African seasons, home owners and landscaping contractors continue to factor in evolving environmental changes.
Integrating the smart calculated use of concrete or hardscaping into improving Xeriscaping tactics and assisting in the repurposing of water runoff and rainwater harvesting is extremely effective in conserving water and a more eco-conscious way of utilising natural resources when they are available.
While most gardening enthusiasts envision a desert or succulent type landscape when contractors propose Xeriscaping as an option, on the contrary, green landscaping with concrete can still create countryside scenery and cool shady indigenous gardens. To follow see some of Sephaku Cement’s Top Tips to incorporating Green Garden landscaping to create a more sustainable self-sufficient and beautiful garden set up.
- Water Conscious HardscapingFrom creating a distinguished and contemporary appearance, to incorporating planned and intentional hardscaping to channel and collect rainwater runoff, landscaping with concrete offers an effective means to a more sustainable and self-sufficient garden landscape. Consciously placed runoff gutters to re-directing rainwater into secondary flower beds or even rainwater harvesting tanks (also now effectively installed as concrete tanks instead of unsightly plastic ones), create a decorative network of concrete brooks that can be even further beautified by stonework decals or disguised by dainty outdoor stepping stones and bridgework.Hardscaping materials are also effective in influencing a green garden landscape when installed using more permeable materials that allow water to pass though pavers, cobbles and stonework into ground water sources beneath the surface of your garden.
- Downspout GardeningAnother effective Xeriscaping effort in repurposing harvested rainwater is with downspout gardening. Where most roof gutter systems channel rain water collected from the large surface area of a roof into rain water, sewers use downspout hardscaping to disperse rainwater runoff and more efficiently water your garden. Hardscaping these downspout areas will further Xeriscaping efforts by using pavers, stones and even a simple concrete network of channels to distribute the flow of runoff water on the nearby lawns or flowerbeds. As the rainwater runoff hits the pavers or channels, instead of burrowing into one focused spot, the water is more evenly spread across a greater catchment area.
- Repurpose, Re-use and RecycleThe best place to begin when creating a “green” garden landscape is by repurposing, reusing and upcycling unused bricks, concrete pavers, stones and even cracked concrete or terracotta pots to beautify your garden. Instead of purchasing new items, examine unused items to creatively incorporate into your garden before heading to your closest garden shop and feeding into the ongoing commercial cycle of buying more. Other ways to repurpose “waste” while offering a more organic and eco-friendly solution to maintaining a beautiful garden is by making your own compost using a concrete garden-decomposer with kitchen offcuts and other biodegradable materials. Other garden enthusiasts also swear by harvesting a worm farm for some of the most effective and organic fertiliser ever made.
With more mindful applications and a splash of creativity Xeriscaping concrete hardscaping and downspout gardening with concrete applications each offer viable solutions and green gardening tactics for a more sustainable and eco-friendly concrete landscape.