Blok Designs takes pride in being at the forefront of design, but we are also committed to creating landscapes using methods and ideas derived from sustainability. We incorporate sustainable and environmentally-friendly techniques into every aspect of our design, and strive to find the perfect balance between natural and designed landscapes.
So, what is sustainable landscaping? Defined as the practice of using strategic methods to offset negative environmental impacts, it also means ensuring that landscapes can be ecologically maintained in times of challenge. In order to achieve this, sustainable methods must be used in all phases of the project, from the initial plan and design to the construction and final implementation and management of the venture.
At Blok Designs, our sustainable techniques and methods stem from years of experience. To ensure we are always at the forefront of the latest technologies, we work alongside a team of experts; which not only enables us to build on our own knowledge, but to successfully integrate the very best practices from all fields into our designs. These techniques include agri-landscaping (as seen at Boschendal), using rivers, natural water systems and grey water as irrigation, indigenous planting, mulching, the use of cover crops to protect the soil, boreholes and channeling power from solar panels.
Each practice is tailored to the performances and challenges of an individual region, and to the needs and requirements of the design. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, many of our methods save resources, time and energy, and many are cost-efficient in the long term.
Ultimately, our goal is to link the natural world and the human environment, as well as allowing both to exist in harmony and not at the detriment of one another, to find and showcase the beauty in them. Through the use of sustainable practices, our gardens, projects and installations adapt to change and challenge, retaining their beauty, vibrancy and flair.