Aesthetic And Functional Benefits Of Using Natural Materials In Landscaping
If you are looking to landscape your property and are considering what materials to use, choosing natural materials can be an aesthetically pleasing and functional way to approach landscaping. During recent years, permaculture principles have become an important part of gardening for people everywhere, and there are definitely advantages in going the natural way and saving you money, while providing a natural look for your garden.
Utilise the Existing Lay of the Land
Permaculture principles guide us to mimic nature when planning how we will utilise the land that we are landscaping. This means using what is there, and adding to it, rather than completely overhauling the land and starting from the beginning. There may be a gorgeous old tree that could become a feature of your property, adding colour and life to the landscape of your natural garden.
Using natural materials can really reduce costs. An example is with the use of water. A key element in natural landscaping is the addition of a water feature of some sort. Having water as an aspect of the landscape design mirrors the surrounding areas but often can be costly if using pumps; these can break down and need repair. One way to reduce costs by using natural materials in your water feature is through planting natural biofilters around your water feature, as an alternative to pumps. To do this you would have gravel beds with indigenous plants to self-cleanse the water to reduce algae. If you have trees that need to be cut down, these can be chipped to provide valuable cover for maintaining moisture in garden beds.
Attract More Flora and Fauna
Using natural materials in your landscaping attracts more flora and fauna to make your garden their home, which assists with maintaining the natural ecosystem. Native plants will attract more birds and bees to your garden, which serves an important function for pollinating all sorts of different plants, including your vegetables. As you will notice when you visit Bacchus Marsh and Redgum Garden Centre, the more natural your garden is, the more you will want to be there relaxing and enjoying it.
Humans are becoming more conscious of their impact upon the world they live in, with sustainability being an important part of decision making processes. Using natural materials in landscaping is a far reaching decision that allows for more sustainable practices beyond your own garden, and into the wider world.