We are setting the new standard by only using battery powered equipment as opposed to gas powered. Benefits include; reduced carbon emissions, no gas/oil run off from refilling, and better air quality for workers. Additionally customers will enjoy reduced noise pollution as battery powered equipment is significantly quieter. As we expand we look to move into a solar powered headquarters to charge our batteries.
Every decision made will be governed by the principles: reduce, reuse recycle. This is the easiest way to mitigate the traditionally negative impacts from landscaping and lawn management resulting from equipment with high emissions and dangerous chemicals used to treat the lawn. We believe in reusing, preserving and fixing our equipment even when it may be cheaper to get a new one. Our crew's operate on routes with minimal distance between houses to reduce time spent traveling and our carbon footprint. We make sure to properly dispose of trash/waste.
Applying synthetic herbicides pesticide, fertilizers and fungicides results in the death of plants, fungi and insects that are greatly beneficial to the lawn and more important the overall ecosystem. Also these chemicals run off into our local watershed polluting both the water and animals who rely on this water. These chemicals are also potentially harmful to humans and pets that come in contact with them. While we encourage that lawn treatments are kept to a minimum, when treating the lawn we only use organic treatments that take into account people and the environment's safety and well being.
Local flowers shrubs and trees have attributes that serve a purpose to the local species such as providing nectar, pollen, habitat materials, and nutrients in the foliage. Non-native species are often invasive and provide little benefit to local species.
It is important that we support the community that supports us. To give back we will support local charities that are also passionate about preserving the special ecosystem within the Chesapeake Bay region.
Mowing less often at higher heights allows the grass enough leaf area to photosynthesize as well as shade the soil. Both of which prevents weed growth. Reducing the frequency also lessens our carbon footprint.
Rather than collect grass clippings with a bag while mowing, we mulch them back on to the lawn. This promotes the health of the lawn by improving soil quality. It also sequesters carbon preventing it from being released back into the atmosphere. Not having to haul away and dispose of the clippings further reduces our environmental footprint by minimizing time and resources spent driving.
To offset the carbon emissions from our vehicles and from charging batteries we will calculate our emissions, apply the recommended state tax rate, and will donate the full amount to a project that reduces emissions or sequesters carbon.
We recognize the challenges from doing physically intensive work outside during our hot and humid summers and focus on doing every thing in our power to make the workers job as simple and effortless as possible once in the field.We believe happy workers result in better work. Every employee is paid a livable wage and provided incentives that reward positive behaviors. Workers are trained and provided the proper equipment to ensure their safety. Additionally we encourage stretching, provide ample water, regular breaks, and most importantly treat employees with respect.
Growing grass from seedlings as opposed to sod has many benefits. The transportation of seed as opposed to sod leaves less of a carbon footprint. Additionally homeowners have a greater variety of options to choose from when picking the type of grass best suited for their lawn. We recommend drought resistant seed for this area which require little to no watering.
Our workers are instructed to pick up trash and recyclables on the property and in the surrounding ares (If trash is excessive it may need to be quoted as a special job). Not only is it good for the environment but it also makes the neighborhood look better.
It is important to us to minimize our overall consumption of natural resources and that includes water. Mowing above 4" allows the blades of grass to provide shade for the ground which reduces evaporation. Installing drought tolerant flowers reduces the need for water. Arranging them in a strategic manner provides shade for the lawn/garden which further minimizes the need for water.