What are Organic Landscaping and Regenerative Landscaping?
Organic landscaping is first and foremost a strategy. We use practices that cause no harm to the environment or to the people and other agents that make use of it. As a business, it means that we are certified by a national agency that assures we follow guidelines in order to call ourselves an “organic” company. But it’s the principle of “do no harm” that supports the daily operations, from the products we chose to use in our gardens, to the way we treat (and pay) our employees. You will find this National Organic Farming and Land Care Association stamp on the promotional items of certified organic companies.
It’s all about creating a stunning, dynamic landscape and supporting a low-environmental-impact installation followed by a low-maintenance technique. Because of the service exclusivity, Organic Landscaping may not be the least expensive or quickest method, but as time passes it will be less costly, more environmentally friendly, and of course sustainable. These procedures usually don’t rely on chemical weedkillers or external fertilizers.
Regenerative landscaping attempts to bring the area of interest closest back as possible to what it used to be before humans started modifying the land. It involves using native plants, adapting to different terrains instead of leveling everything out, building back soil up, protecting some plants, and removing others if invasive or harmful, etc. We do that in big and sometimes not-so-obvious ways. Even with an exclusive ornamental design, we keep regenerative principles in mind. We do that to decrease inputs needed in the landscaping and with that improve sustainability, offset pollution and carbon emissions, and give the local fauna food and shelter.
There are plenty of benefits that regenerative landscapes can bring: erosion control, reduced capital construction price, reduced visual impact of development, and better soil health due to the use of native plants.
Image - New York’s High Line: a great urban regeneration study case.
These principles are important because most of our lands have already been tainted with deforestation, the substitution of species, and the extraction of minerals (which are nutrients), and we have been suffering the consequences of that if we keep on this same path things can’t get better. Urban areas are important for our civilization but organic and regenerative landscaping is attempting to bring both worlds together to live in harmony.
More Than Gardens would like to invite you to create a world where it is possible to live in harmony with Nature. Where our houses are elements of the solution and not problems, where our lifestyles offset more carbon than emit it, where the soil is healthy and clean of toxins, where birds find food and shelter in our backyards, where we can have flowers for pollinators, where we grow fresh and clean food. It sounds idealistic but it is possible and absolutely necessary.
We will along our journey together help you identify elements in our daily lives where you can actually help nature. We would like to empower you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in the world right now! You can and together we will be the change that we need.
More Than Gardens Team