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.
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.
“I love my new rain garden. Thanks!” – Victoria V.
A rain garden is a shallow depression containing rocks and plants that can thrive in wet conditions. These gardens provide an alternative to drainage systems, attract native wildlife, and prevent chemicals used in the yard and home from polluting the water further along the system.
Perhaps you have an area in your yard that retains water for hours or days after a good rain where your lawn looks patchy and weak. That is an ideal spot for a rain garden. With the right sculpting and the right plants, a rain garden holds and absorbs water, replenishing groundwater supplies. This is a much greener alternative to allowing rainwater to stream off of your property, polluting and flooding neighboring creeks and waterways.
Quiet Village Landscaping designs gorgeous rain gardens that add beauty to landscapes while improving property value. A well-planned St. Louis rain garden will also attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other native wildlife that your family can enjoy throughout the year. Let us install your rain garden for you and you’ll feel good about providing a habitat for native creatures, reducing water pollution and conserving our soils.
Rebecca, our landscape designer, responds to some commonly asked questions about landscaping.
Q. What’s trending right now in the landscaping world?
A. We’re seeing a lot of great trends right now:
Q. What is easy to overlook when designing or maintaining your outdoor living space?
A. Most often we see people not being conscious of the plant’s mature size. For example, people tend to plant their plants too close together or the house and then once the plants have reached their full size, the home owner has to go back and consistently maintain them.
A few other things people tend to forget is how important soil preparation is, how the natural habitat has an effect on their landscape (especially those living close to the woods), and how your water runoff can affect your neighbors’ water runoff and drainage.
Especially in the heat of the summer, it’s important to remember that even well-established plants (large trees and shrubs) can benefit from being watered a couple times a week. The stress of the summer heat can lead to issues in the future. Also, using proper pruning technics is critical since a poorly pruned tree or shrub is more susceptible to disease and pest problems. Lastly, people must understand that even a low maintenance garden needs some tending to a couple time of the years.
Q. How can I really make my landscape “pop”?
A. Adding a fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven or outdoor kitchen to a patio gives you a lot more options with your space. Pergolas are great for climbing plants and adds a vertical dimension to your landscape. The right outdoor lighting can turn your home and garden into an entirely new setting at night, and water features add a great natural touch to your garden.
Let us know how we can help design or maintain your outdoor paradise!
Going green just became a little easier on your checkbook. The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, a project of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is providing homeowners a financial incentive to reduce rainwater runoff problems. Residents of fourteen participating St. Louis County municipalities can now apply for a RainScape rebate of up to $2,ooo.oo to establish a rain garden, amend the soil, or install a rain barrel in their yard.
A rain garden is a great solution for existing drainage issues in your yard. If you have areas in your yard that hold water for hours (or even days) after a downpour, 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 is a great improvement to allowing rainwater to stream off of your property to pollute and flood neighboring creeks and waterways.
Quiet Village Landscaping can design a rain garden that adds beauty to your landscape while improving your property value. A well planned St. Louis rain garden will also attract a variety of birds and butterflies that your family can enjoy throughout the year. You can feel good about providing a habitat for these native creatures, reducing water pollution and conserving our soils. Applications for the RainScape rebate program are due by March 1, 2013, so call Quiet Village Landscaping to start planning your future rain garden now!