Landscape for Living

Green Construction Details in Living Landscapes

Conscientious contractors use natural lawn and garden principles and alternative site development practices to minimize stormwater runoff, including:

  • Amending soils by tilling compost into the top 8-13 inches to improve its ability to absorb water and provide nutrients for plants.
  • Taking extra precautions to protect trees, native vegetation, and topsoil during construction by limiting the area that is cleared.
  • Using alternative foundations, such as Pin Foundations, which use steel rods to anchor the concrete base wall rather than excavating and grading a large area.
  • Using pervious materials, which let water filter through, for driveways, walkways and patios helps stormwater soak in on site.
  • Landscaping with native plants or plants that are adapted to our climate reduces the need for constant watering and some pest problems. Mulching landscape beds with organic mulch.
  • Creating areas, like rain gardens, for excess water to collect and filter into the ground naturally.
  • Minimizing lawn areas, and using grass types that require less watering and maintenance.

Use low- emitting interior products and materials to avoid environmentally triggered illnesses