Summer arrived this year with thunder, lightning, and rain! Lots and lots of rain.
June 2015 was the second wettest month on record for St. Louis. With just over 13 inches of rain, that’s about 9 inches above normal.
As you can imagine or may have experienced, all this rain results in swollen rivers, sewer overflows, and flooded basements.
Quiet Village is here to help. While we have no control over the weather, effective plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavements and other efforts can help mitigate the damage caused by saturated soils. Also known as Rainscaping, this approach manages fluctuating rainfall and reclaims stormwater naturally – by dealing with it as close as possible to where it falls.
Connect with one of our designers to turn your front yard into a rain garden, like the one pictured below. Filled with native plants and natural charm, this garden keeps water onsite, rather than dumping it onto the sidewalk and into the sewers.
This design also included rain barrels, to catch and store roof water runoff which can later be used during times of drought. As a piece of the entire self-sustaining system, when these barrels reach maximum capacity, overflow moves to the front yard rain garden basin.
Now, get ready for the next big storm and rainscape your yard!
Please call our office at (314) 657-7050 or email email@example.com to request a free initial design consultation.
At Quiet Village Landscaping, we are passionate about thinking green. Even small changes in your yard or business property can make a big difference for your local ecosystem. If you want to make a positive impact this spring, here are some big and small projects that can help your yard be more sustainable and environmentally friendly:
Rain gardens are attractive and functional additions to every landscape. Designed to absorb rainwater so that runoff is reduced, rain gardens are green solutions to lawn drainage problem areas. We incorporate low-maintenance native plants that benefit birds, butterflies, and other local wildlife.
Reduce, reuse, recycle your rainwater. No need to send more runoff downstream. Conserve water to use for your landscape via rain barrels that attach to your gutters.
Install a permeable paver driveway, patio or pathway to allow water to seep through into the ground. Not only does this reduce runoff–it increases the groundwater for your landscape, positively impacting nearby plants and trees. Additional groundwater can be a valuable asset for your lawn during our hot and unpredictable St. Louis summers when we often receive little precipitation.
Trees provide habitation and food critical for your local ecosystem. Restore native species of trees on your property to restore woodlands. Talk to us about what you want to accomplish. Do you want to attract more birds to your landscape? Do you need more shade trees? Are you interested in installing fruit trees or flowering trees? There are so many possibilities.
The 2014 Green Homes Festival at the Botanical Gardens on June 7th was a great success! Yes, stormy showers eventually chased us inside, but the event was fabulous nonetheless. Despite the rain, a grand total of 3,781 people attended the show, which included over 70 exhibitors and vendors all focused on some aspect of green living.
Some of the highlights included local food, live music from Eco-Elvis and Wack-A-Doo, the Green Marketplace, activities for kids, and the great variety of educational opportunities for sustainable living.
Our booth got a lot of attention because we were one of only two landscaping companies participating in the event. It was a great opportunity for us to educate others about the environmental benefits of permeable paver patios, walkways, and driveways.
If you would like more information about installing a permeable paver patio, walkway or driveway in your landscape, give us a call to set up a free initial consultation. And, if you didn’t make it to the Green Homes Festival this year, put it on the calendar for next year! We’d love to see you there.