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.
It’s okay to be jealous of this family’s awesome new permeable paver driveway. Water will now filter directly into the ground and snow and ice will melt away more rapidly for these homeowners instead of melting and refreezing on the pavement. Find out more about the benefits of permeable pavers at http://www.quietvillagelandscaping.com/benefits-permeable-pavers/.
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.
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.