Careful consideration is taken to eliminate negative environmental impacts from our choices in design, construction methods, materials sourced & plant selections. We aim to create landscapes that last with timeless beauty whilst allowing you to reconnect with nature.
We encourage clients to use plants that work well in the local area. Plants may include native and indigenous, as well as exotics (non Australian plants) from similar climatic zones. These types of plants minimize garden maintenance, green waste production and the use of pesticides/herbicides.
Water Collection and Management
One of the most important elements in any garden design is collecting run-off water from hard surfaces. We generally use traditional water tanks however other methods can be, the use of water bodies like ponds and water features as an overall management system. The water captured reduces storm water run-off and is used to irrigate garden beds.
Passive Heating and Cooling
We always look at ways to enhance the use of passive heating and cooling. The use of shaded areas needs to be seasonal and our carefully selected deciduous trees can accomplish this. We determine the space and heat generated from site, particularly in courtyards, and uses various methods to reduce heat in summer and increase heat and light in winter.
The materials in a project account for much of the energy in a landscape, we always aim to use locally sourced reclaimed or recycled material within the area where possible.
Healthy soil provides healthy plants. We condition the soil to improve plant growth and health, this process corrects the soil’s deficiencies in structure and-or nutrients. The type of conditioner added depends on the current soil composition, climate, and the type of plants used. Some soils lack nutrients necessary for proper plant growth, and some hold too much or too little water.
Whenever possible we always encourage the use of permeable paving surfaces, which reduces surface heat in summer and allows for less use of unsightly surface drains and the direction of excess water through subsurface drainage not visible.