Great news—the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative “Project Clear” offers small grants to help improve water quality through rainscaping! As MSD announces on their website, they “will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping projects, system improvements, and an ambitious program of maintenance and repair.”
Residents of participating St. Louis County municipalities can now apply for a rainscape rebate to establish a rain garden, amend the soil, or install permeable pavement, rain barrels, or even a green roof on their property. Find out if your property is included in the grant program focus area.
Quiet Village Landscaping can design a rain garden that adds beauty to your landscape while improving your property value. A rain garden is a great solution for existing drainage problem areas in your yard that hold water for hours—or even days—after a downpour. If your lawn has sections where turf refuses to grow and always looks patchy and weak, a rain garden may be just what you need.
By creating a shallow depression planted with a variety of attractive native plants, rain water can be held and properly absorbed by the soil to replenish groundwater supplies. This prevents rainwater from streaming off of your property to pollute and flood neighboring creeks and waterways, and it also provides food and refuge for native wildlife like butterflies and birds.
Permeable paver patios, pathways and driveways are much ‘greener’ than their asphalt or concrete counterparts. Also referred to as “pervious,” permeable pavers allow water to filter into the ground rather than causing runoff. Permeable pavers allow snow and ice to melt more rapidly. Water drains into the ground rather than refreezing on the pavement.
When the water is absorbed by the ground rather than flowing into the sewer drains, it greatly reduces the amount of man-produced irrigation that your lawn requires in the direct and surrounding areas. This helps nourish deep-rooted plants and trees along with surface vegetation like turf and flowers.
Environmentally-speaking, less storm water runoff means that our streams and riverbeds are less likely to flood and the rate of erosion will be reduced. It also decreases the amount of toxic pollutants such as chemicals and oil that get washed into water supplies, affecting aquatic life, fishing, swimming, and even, in some cases, drinking water.
Permeable pavers come in a huge variety of attractive styles and colors. Talk to one of our expert designers about your green vision for your landscape.
Our Maintenance Supervisor, Rachelle Smith, got creative when one of our customers asked us to build a place for compost in his yard! He had some trees cut down on his property, so she and her team used them to build a structure that can house organic debris that will break down over time into rich soil nutrients.
This clever repurposing of the cut-down trees provides a natural, environmentally friendly, aesthetically pleasing and money-saving solution for our customer. Let us find creative solutions for your yard! Give us a call at 314-657-7050 or fill out our online design questionnaire to get started today!
This article was printed as a special “Green Scene” section in the Ladue News on March 28, 2014. Reproduced with permission. Written by Julia Christensen.
Thumbs aren’t the only green things you’ll find at Quiet Village Landscaping. From reusing office supplies to recycling plant debris, the company is focused on eco-friendly practices both inside its office and out on the field.
“The primary thing we’re trying to go after is sustainable landscape designs for homeowners,” says Quiet Village owner Dennis Evans, who says that from rain gardens to hardscaping, there are a multitude of ways to take an area that may be physically green and make it metaphorically ‘green.’ “Traditionally, standard landscaping used a lot of non-native plants, and they are plants that required heavy irrigation and chemical applications–they just don’t succeed and thrive in our environment. Eco-friendly landscaping incorporates the native and lower-maintenance plants.”
Not only can native plants help to cut back on chemical applications, but often they can withstand extreme conditions that may wither other plants. Through a practice called xeriscaping, Quiet Village can create drought-resistant landscaping, which often uses native plants that are accustomed to the weather.
For homeowners hoping to maintain eco-friendliness in their landscaping, Evans recommends incorporating as many native plants as possible. “They’ll require no irrigation after established, and they’ll be resistant to disease and insects in this area.”
Quiet Village’s ‘green’ responsibility doesn’t end there. As Evans says, the business is committed to recycling materials whenever possible. Lawn debris from clients’ homes is brought to a facility to be turned into mulch, for example, and plastic pots are melted through Pots to Planks program to create plastic landscape timber.
Currently, Quiet Village is working with the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance as a preferred contractor to perform the rebate-supported landscaping work. “In certain municipalities, they’re trying to reduce the amount of water run-off that goes into the Deer Creek Watershed, so we’re creating rain gardens and installing permeable pavers to allow the water to slow down and go back into the ground,” Evans explains. “It’s a cleaner, better way to do it.”
Quiet Village is involved in a multitude of other eco-friendly organizations, including St. Louis Green, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis and the National Wildlife Federation. “One of the big things for us is to give back to the community and share the success that we have,” Evans says. “We encourage our employees to give back and, organizationally, we like to lead by example.”