1. Reduce water usage
By using a smart irrigation controller and only watering when the landscape needs it.
3. Reduce herbicide and fertilizer use
By employing a bridge fertilizing program that includes compost tea treatments in order heal the soil.
4. Reduce the amount of inputs the landscape needs
By adopting the best management practices for turf management: sharp blades, cutting higher, leaving the clippings when possible, and core aerating.
Recycle as much green waste on site as possible take the rest at a LEED certified facility.
6. Grow food for human consumption.
Install a vegetable garden for the employees to use. There is no better way to tip the sustainable scales in your favor than producing food where it is eaten. Employee mortal will skyrocket.Hand prune instead of using a machine when possible which reduces emissions and improves the health of the plant.
7. Remove all invasive species.
It will save you on maintenance in the long run.
Then, moving forward, you can:
- Employ storm water management techniques such as permeable pavers, rainwater harvesting, and infiltrating water on site using rain gardens and bio-swales.
- Use the “right plant, right place” planting strategy to reduce labor, materials, and inputs.
- Reduce turf area and plant low maintenance perennial gardens. This will increase the beauty while decreasing the cost to maintain.
Going green can seem like yet another project. But as you can see it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Get started with any one of the suggested options for commercial properties and you’ll soon be on your way to managing a greener landscape!