OUR GREEN APPROACH
Simple but effective GREEN techniques
In Lawn Care
We strive hard to:
-Respect Riparian Buffers
Around river and lakefront properties we like to leave at least 2-3′ of a buffer zone between the lawn and the water. The tall grass best filters pollutants and reduces run-off into our waterways.
-Reduce Fuel Consumption
- Our newest equipment use fuel injection which reduces fuel consumption by up to 30%
- We use the right machine for the job. Larger properties are cut with larger equipment to be as fuel efficient as possible.
- We keep our engines clean and operating efficiently with regular oil changes and clean air, gas and oil filters.
-Recommend Healthy Lawn Care Techniques
- We will advise you on how much water your lawn really needs.
- We will cut your lawn at the recommended level and try not to remove more than 1/3 of the length at a time.
- If you require fertilization we will suggest environmentally safe fertilizers or suggest a fertilizer application company that practices Healthy Lawn Care procedures.
Designing to Increase Storm-water Retention by Reducing Run-off
In a heavy downpour, 100′s if not 1000′s of gallons of water rush off of your roof, down your driveway and into a ditch, a sewer, a stream or a lake. Through innovative design, we can develop ways to recycle this water into your landscape.
- Reduce your irrigation water bill!
- Reduce flooding and the stress on water purification plants
- Allow plants to filter the water before it enters streams and your water table
- Reducing run-off reduces erosion. Replacing soil can be expensive.
- Through surface and sub-surface drainage we can re-direct the water flowing off of your roof into your garden beds and lawn.
- Rain gardens can be used in areas where water tends to settle. Rain gardens use plants with extensive root systems to take up and purify the water before it enters the water table.
- Using appropriate plants and/or terracing steep hillsides will reduce erosion.
Using Native and Low-Maintenance Species
We will do our best to select the right plant for the right place. If plants are placed in their natural habitat they are much more likely to have great vitality and vigor.
- Increase bio-diversity
- Reduce maintenance cost and use of polluting equipment
- Require less pesticides because healthy plants have less pests
How? We choose the correct plants by:
- Testing the soil pH, nutrient content and porosity.
- Knowing the plant’s surroundings including shade, buildings, or wires. This will avoid crowding and potential plant death.
- Researching potential problems the plant species might encounter.