At GreenWeaver, we practice what we preach. We maintain our own grounds to the same standards we hold our clients’ and we bring the sustainability philosophy into our offices, shops and daily lives as well. We understand that sustainability goes beyond just protecting the environment; it requires supporting local people and businesses too. We’re always working to improve, but below lists what we do now to benefit our site and yours…
- Recycle all paper, plastic, and metal allowable in Delaware County
- Use Compact Florescent Light bulbs
- Print on the blank side of one sided copies
- 100% renewable energy to power our office and shops
- All of our paper stock consists of recycled content
- Electronic billing of clients unless requested otherwise
- Employees are encouraged to take public transportation to and from work
- Converted ½ acre of lawn around shops to meadow
- Released turf grass on another ½ acre of lawn- reducing mowing to twice a year
- Removal of invasive trees and shrubs and replacement with native species
- Support our local watershed association, Chester-Ridley-Crum, through volunteer work and consulting
- Recycle all organic yard waste into mulch and compost
- Recycle all plastic plant containers
- Eliminate invasive exotic plants
- Minimize synthetic pesticide use to protect the environment and human health
- Analyze site conditions for long-lasting, minimal-input landscapes
- Reduce energy in buildings by planting deciduous trees on south side of buildings and windbreaks on north-west side
- Mitigate storm water runoff
- Use native plants and use the right plant in the right place
- Reduce turf grass
- Source local materials and support local business
Glossary of Sustainable Landscape Terms
In a sustainable landscape, a rich assortment of plant and animal species maintains a stable ecosystem.
A brew of chlorine-free water and high-quality, tested compost. The brewing action releases beneficial bacteria and fungi that cling to compost into the water. After 24-48 hours of brewing, tea is tested again for the presence of beneficial microbes then applied to lawns and beds for improved soil structure and fertilizer reduction or it is applied to trees, shrubs, and perennials to reduce the chance for foliar disease.
IPM is a program that controls pests using the least toxic means necessary. Correctly identifying pests, their life cycles, and control options are all important steps to a successful IPM program.
Plants that are not indigenous to our local region and are also so aggressive that they displace native plants are considered invasive. Invasive species can take over large portions of the landscape, eliminating balanced natural habitats. They often provide little to no dietary value to our local wildlife as well. The United States spends millions of dollars annually to control and remove invasive species.
Planting shade trees, reducing turf areas, mitigating storm water, selecting site-appropriate plants, and using local materials are all ways to increase sustainability in designed landscapes. GreenWeaver considers sustainability in all of our designs.
A mix of native grasses, with or without wildflowers. Meadows add color and movement to a landscape, provide wildlife habitat, and reduce maintenance costs. Because they are only mowed once per year, meadows also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Plants indigenous to the local region are well adapted to our cold winters, wet springs, and hot summers. The use of native plants in the landscape reduces the need for supplemental water and pesticides and increases biodiversity while providing your property with a sense of place.
PHC is a protective approach to the health and growth of the plant as opposed to reacting only to problems. This management strategy was developed by the International Society of Arboriculture to prevent pests and disease before they are damaging or deadly to a plant.
All organic debris that accumulates from clients’ properties will be recommended to be composted on site. If the property does not allow for on-site composting, debris will be taken to a local facility to be shredded and recycled as mulch. All inorganic material is sorted and paper, metal and plastics will all be recycled.
Healthy soils support healthy plants. Soil should be full of beneficial bacteria and fungi that help breakdown minerals and supply them to the plants. Soil science dictates that healthy soil should also be free of compaction so that roots can grow deeply and pores between soils can hold and drain water. GreenWeaver uses natural and organic composts to improve soils and encourages and instructs in composting on site.
Sustainable landscaping captures surface water on site using rain barrels, rain gardens and other best management practices (BMPs), filters it through plants and soils and recharges it into groundwater while diverting it from buildings and other structures.
A watershed is an area of land that contains a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single larger body of water. Sustainable landscapes aim to infiltrate water on site and reduce surface flow to minimize water pollution within a watershed.