There are numerous ways we can help you become more eco-friendly in regards to your lawn and garden. Part of our vision is helping to bring peace of mind to our clients by not only maintaining their property, but also by doing it in a way that has a positive impact, or the smallest negative impact on the environment. Through the studies of sustainable landscaping and agriculture, Master Gardener training, and permaculture, we can help you identify the choices for your property that will have the best environmental impact possible for your situation. These tips are not rigid laws that our company follows, but if you can do even a few of these recommendations you are improving your ‘carbon footprint’ and your community. Here are some of our eco-friendly tips:
Discharge or mulch lawn clippings into the lawn instead of bagging. Montgomery County refers to this as “Grasscycling”. Lawn clippings are a source of Nitrogen, and reduce or even eliminate the need to apply an external fertilizer source. The more self sufficient your property is the less pollution will be used in maintaining it.
Reduce storm water runoff by removing large, unused impermeable surfaces like concrete, asphalt, etc... The Montgomery County Rainscapes Program provides up to $2,500 for home owners, and $10,000 to businesses to remove concrete, implement conservation landscaping, raingardens, rain barrels, plant canopy trees, and more.
Use native and pollinator plants. Biodiversity is key to maintaining a health ecosystem. The ecosystem is an interdependent web of thousands of species that co-depend on each other for a wholesome life, whether they are plants, insects, animals, fungus, micro-organisms, etc… Native plants provide food and shelter for wildlife. They attract many species of pollinating organisms, like bees. These bees (and others) are necessary for our survival because they pollinate our food crops. Since the eco-system is an interconnected web the survival of one species may affect the survival of other species. Many native plants are well-adapted to our environment and can withstand drought, flooding, and other localized conditions, making them hardy, lower-maintenance, and more affordable in the long run.
Get a soil sample. A very important and necessary step for anyone with a plan to treat or maintain their lawn. Applying products to a lawn without understanding the soil mechanics is like giving medical treatment to a patient without ever knowing what their ailments are. For example if the pH is not ideal, the turf grass cannot use the nutrient that it is being fed. So you may be paying for lawn applications but not getting much out of it. Also, some lawns are being fed too much of a particular substance, whether it is Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Iron, or other nutrients. Anyone serious about improving or maintaining their lawn should understand the soil.
Use Organic fertilizers and pesticides to help reduce toxicity in your community. Only apply pesticides/ herbicides if absolutely necessary. Hand pulling of weeds is a recommended service that saves your yard from chemicals.
Grow your own vegetables; save money and eat healthier. Even a small area can produce surprising amounts of produce.
Native Sun Landscaping turns vehicle and lawn equipment off, instead of idling it for extended times. We source local materials to reduce emissions caused by the vehicle delivery. When possible we use equipment that have reduced emission engines. Emails are used for most billing, instead of using paper products. We print our marketing materials on recycled paper whenever available.
There are obviously many more ways to help the environment, but these are just a few that we can help you with!