sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty / / [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
It seems like everybody is “going green” these days. We have always had a strong commitment to the environment so this is nothing new to us, but we view being “green” as an evolving process. We are constantly looking for ways to evolve in this area in our office, shop and field operations.
Water conservation and water management in the yard is an area that we are becoming more interested in and we are available to provide rain gardens and rain harvesting to clients who are also interested in this. We have installed a rainwater detention pond on our property and we divert rainwater from our roof into underground seepage tanks to replenish groundwater.
Low voltage lighting is another area where we have been able to make strides and have provided savings as well as added beauty and value for our clients.
We also have plans for adding solar panels to our roof to save on energy costs and we have a commitment to in-house recycling.
These are some of the ways that we hope to provide value and a sense of commitment to the earth, our community and to our clients.
Is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowingstormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion,water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater). They can be designed for specific soils and climates. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally do not require fertilizer and are more tolerant of one’s local climate, soil, and water conditions, and attract local wildlife such as native birds. The plants — a selection ofwetland edge vegetation, such as wildflowers, sedges, rushes, ferns, shrubs and small trees — take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Water filters through soil layers before entering the groundwater system. Root systems enhance infiltration, maintain or even augment soil permeability, provide moisture redistribution, and sustain diverse microbial populations involved in biofiltration. Also, through the process of transpiration, rain garden plants return water vapor to the atmosphere. A more wide-ranging definition covers all the possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert, and make the most of the natural rain and snow that falls on a property. The whole garden can become a rain garden, and each component of the whole can become a small-scale rain garden in itself.