At H.J. Collins & Associates, “sustainability” is a commitment to protecting and enhancing our environmental resources through intelligent design. We have been ‘green’ long before ‘green’ was redefined!
Sustainable landscape design involves three practices: soil conservation, water conservation, and appropriate plant selection. Added to this are new and advanced technologies in construction such as permeable paving, on-site water recharge devices, LED (light emitting diode) outdoor lighting, drip-irrigation, use of local and recycled materials, and use of organic fertilizers and chemicals. We are qualified to incorporate these sustainable practices into your landscape improvement design.
Be sure to ask us about our new Residential Sustainability Assessment (RSA), a new service which evaluates your outdoor living space in terms of its compliance with current trends in environmental stewardship.
Benefits of Sustainable Landscape Design:
- Healthier, better looking plants with less maintenance.
- Improved groundwater recharge.
- Less lawn mowing.
- Longer growing season.
- No toxic chemicals on site.
- Smaller water use bills.
Sustainable design promotes “bio-retention”, return of storm runoff to the soil by groundwater recharge devices, and retention or detention of storm runoff for future release. Various pollutants collected in runoff water can be reduced or eliminated by installing innovations such as rain gardens, vegetated swales and landscaped buffer strips. These practices treat storm runoff naturally by using a specially prepared planting bed and plant materials that have the ability to filter water within a shallow depression or swale.
What can a typical homeowner with an established garden or landscape do to achieve sustainability?
First, the homeowner should have us conduct a sustainability assessment and analysis of existing conditions. If the sustainability assessment reveals areas that can be improved or changed, then a renovation and remediation design plan can be prepared. A sustainability assessment generally takes about one hour for an average site and includes a written report of conclusions and recommendations. Please contact us to make an appointment or for more information about this service.