A garden is an opportunity to provide sensory, culinary and living space to ourselves and our buzzing, burrowing and twittering friends.
Our Enviro Policy - In our projects we aim to..
minimise waste, re-use materials and source locally
substitute high carbon materials
use naturally durable timbers like Larch in lieu of toxic treated stock
design and plant for biodiversity
create and restore habitats including ponds, meadows, green roofs, living walls
harvest rain water, compost
avoid herbicides and artificial fertilisers
Eco-friendly Gardening and Landscaping
Some of our favourite ways to enable humans, flora and fauna to thrive, together...
We at Garden Doctor bring extensive knowledge and care into everything we do, from the types of materials we use to strategic planting plans targeting specific wildlife.
While it’s tempting to think that gardening is inherently ‘green’, it’s not necessarily so.
In the UK we often fill our gardens with foreign plants without realising they have very little or no ecological value and are even invasive.
Without expertise gardeners even with the greatest of intentions can unknowingly over dig our soil to the detriment of the soil structure, or spray, hoe and banish ‘weeds’ that might offer food and habitat to our natural fauna including the pests that are left with only our lettuces to snack on.
Most UK builders will use imported timber impregnated with arsenocyanides and build with cement products, entombing soil and adding to the water run-off problem in built-up areas.
Gardening at its best can increase and extend food sources and habitats for native fauna.
We can provide space in our gardens at home and work for the enjoyment and contemplation of nature, for growing our own food and flowers and improving our mood and fitness.
Organic Garden Chemicals: We prefer to use cultural and biological controls and organic garden chemicals over inorganic pest and weed control. That said, there are occasions when more noxious systemic herbicides are used to kill plants rooted into walls and other structures we seek to preserve. Soil improvers and fertilisers are also selected upon green criteria and efficiency.
A committed eco-friendly landscaping and garden design company:
Timber: we try to use locally sourced timber whenever we can such as Larch, Sweet Chestnut, Oak, Douglas Fir, Robinia. Most UK builders will use imported timber impregnated with arsenocyanides and build with cement products, entombing soil and adding to the water run-off problem in built-up areas. We only source untreated natural timber. We love the natural durable textures and colours and the charm of unprocessed timbers including poles and waney edge board. We use durable timbers such as Douglas Fir, Larch, Yew, Oak and Cedar can be used in place of treated softwoods. Metal brackets, ground anchors and bitumen wraps keep untreated timbers away from moisture and rot.
Seeds and Planting: We use UK-grown native species of plants and seed mixes.
Waste Removal: We operate a complete responsible waste removal policy. We recycle everything that we can.
We keep an eye on developments in eco-friendly landscape materials such as recycled plastic based edging and composite decking, laser cut fence panels and screens, heat treated timber, new paving ranges, nurseries and so on. We also attend landscape trade shows and subscribe to trade forums, all so that we can offer a greener range of products and services at competitive prices.
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