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.
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.