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Sustainable Landscaping Practices for Your Business

Written by: phs Greenleaf

phs Greenleaf has been providing planting and landscaping services to businesses for over 25 years, including indoor and outdoor plants, artificial and live planting, living walls, grounds maintenance and Christmas trees and decorations.

Sustainable Landscaping Practices for Your Business

As a business owner, you should of course be trying to create an inviting outdoor space for your customers and employees. But did you know that your landscaping choices can also impact the environment?  

By prioritising sustainable landscaping practices and making some minor changes to your plans, you can create a beautiful outdoor space while reducing your environmental impact at the same time. You can even sing this environmental strategy from the rooftops - as people prioritise the environment more and more these days, this is likely to improve both staff and customer satisfaction. 

Here are some simple tips for incorporating sustainable landscaping practices into your commercial property.


Choose Native Plants 

Perhaps one of the most obvious tips on our list, but crucially important and one of the easiest ways to create a sustainable landscape is to choose native plants.  

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, so they require less water and maintenance, and in many cases can survive well for years with close to zero attention. They also provide food and habitat for local wildlife, which can help support biodiversity in your area. 

When selecting native plants, consider factors such as sun exposure, soil type, and moisture levels. You can work with phs Greenleaf to find the best native plants for your property. 


Use Drought-Tolerant Plants 

In many areas, water is a precious resource. Even in the UK, drainage and different soil types mean not all plants will get the moisture they need at all times. By choosing drought-tolerant plants, you can reduce your water usage and save money on your water bill, while also making it less likely that plants will be lost in those occasional heatwaves. Drought-tolerant plants are adapted to dry conditions and require less water than traditional landscaping plants, but can often survive wet conditions too making them more hardy and durable in general.  

Some popular drought-tolerant plants include succulents, cacti, and ornamental grasses. When designing your landscape, consider grouping plants with similar water needs together to make watering more efficient. 


Install Irrigation Systems 

If you do need to water your landscape, consider installing an irrigation system. Irrigation systems can deliver water more efficiently than traditional sprinklers or hoses, reducing water waste and saving you money. 

There are many types of irrigation systems available, from drip irrigation to smart controllers that adjust watering based on weather conditions. phs Greenleaf can work with you to design an irrigation system that meets your needs and budget. 


Compost and Mulch 

Composting and mulching are two of the sustainable landscaping practices that can have the biggest positive impact on your landscape and the environment. Composting involves collecting organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, and food scraps and allowing them to break down into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Compost can be used to fertilise plants and improve soil health. 

Mulching involves covering the soil around plants with a layer of organic material such as wood chips or leaves. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Both compost and mulch can reduce the need for synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment. 


Consider Alternative Landscaping Materials 

Traditional landscaping materials such as concrete and tarmac can contribute to urban heat islands, which can increase local temperatures and energy usage. Consider alternative materials such as permeable pavers, which allow water to seep into the ground, reducing runoff and improving water quality. 

You can also use recycled materials such as crushed glass or rubber mulch for pathways and landscaping features. Recycled materials can reduce waste and conserve natural resources while adding a unique and sustainable touch to your landscape. 

Incorporating sustainable landscaping practices into your commercial property can benefit both your business and the environment. By choosing native plants, drought-tolerant plants, and efficient irrigation systems, you can reduce water usage and save money on maintenance. Composting and mulching can improve soil health and reduce the need for synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. And by considering alternative landscaping materials, you can create a unique and sustainable landscape that benefits your business and the planet. 


How Can We Help?

phs Greenleaf is the UK’s most experienced provider of commercial landscaping and gardening services. 

We offer all forms of commercial gardening services to business including but not limited to: 


From office buildings and community gardens to pubs and superstores, we offer the gardening services you need, when you need them. 

With around 8,000 customers across the UK, Greenleaf ensures each customer is assigned an account manager to coordinate every part of the process from the initial design to the installation. 

To learn more or discuss your landscaping needs, contact us now! 

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