At Earthbound, we get asked all the time, “How do you save the planet one job at a time?”
Step 1 – Understanding The Environment.
Earthbound has made a pledge to use new pruning and lawn equipment that have strict air filter controls and fuel saving consumption standards set forth by the EPA. We have also chosen to use diesel trucks instead of the inefficient V8 gas and high performance 1-ton pickup trucks. We continuously rotate our fleet every several years to stay with the most efficient models.
Step 2 – Layout & Design.
Choosing native plants or native plant material for mulching that does not require fertilizer and irrigation becomes a major benefit to our environment. Our experience eliminates the need for fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides on the landscape.
Step 3 – Smart Design Planning.
The goal of a smart design is to use your water waste. Much waste, excrement, detergents, and much else you put in your drain at home, goes directly into our recreation waters as a result of irresponsible landscape design. We generally take water away from the foundation and filter it through the use of grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees.
Step 4 – Toleration of a Natural Environment. Spot spray, if needed, instead of preemptively spraying the entire yard. Enjoy the green grass but surrender the idea that it must be green all season long. It’s not healthy for the turf, nor of our environment, to use fertilizers to green up the grass all the time. Aerating soil, using organic compost, and power seeding is the best beet in the long run.
Step 5 – Transforming Landscape Lights and Irrigation.
The last main portion of our crusade is to remove all 120 voltage lighting systems and go with an LED low voltage system. If landscape lights are a must, low voltage lights are a major breakthrough for conservation. Next is the new drip irrigation systems. All university studies point out that overhead watering is the worst type of watering. The misting results in diseases and the need for powerful toxic fungicides. The alternative is using drop tubing that drops water where the root system needs it and not all over the foliage of the plant. Rain shut-off sensors, and remotes, both save and conserve water.
Step 6 – Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle.
Lastly, but still extremely important, at Earthbound we recycle everything we can. We use the landfill only as a last result. All plant material gets composted in to compost or mulch. All trees that are removed get made into mulch or milled into Grayson Shiprek’s carpentry stash.
We are constantly finetuning our approaches to land and water resources, and are happy to provide an education to save the planet one job at a time!