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WHY NATIVE PLANTS?

By using native plants and trees that fit into the natural ecosystem, our landscape designs can offer substantial health benefits to the surrounding environment. By working with nature's positive feedback loop, it allows local flora and fauna (plants and critters) to survive and thrive. This mindset goes against traditional designs that favor ornamentals and exotic species that can deprive natural pollinators of the resources they need to keep the ecological balance in order.

Invasive species may have beautiful blooms, but their detrimental effects on wild areas is an environmental threat that can be contained and prevented entirely! In addition to encouraging pollinator presence and stemming the loss of natural land areas to invasive species, native plants are also accustomed to the local climate, which aids in plant longevity, plus drought and disease resistance. Talk about a home-field advantage! We love talking nerdy about natives; if you want to learn more about native plant usage, follow our blog!

MAKING CHEMICAL-FREE CHOICES

What we put into the ground matters for what we reap from it and that's why Greenscape Geeks chooses to be chemical free. Phosphorous and nitrogen from lawn chemicals and fertilizers enter into water supplies through rain and storm drain runoff and can lead to eutrophication. This over-abundance of phosphorous and nitrogen can also leech into drinking water tables. According to the University of Vermont high concentrations of these elements in our drinking water cause conditions like methemoglobinemia that prevents infants from properly absorbing oxygen.

 

We also advocate organic alternatives to pesticides and also use organic mulch in our projects. Standard commercial mulch comes packed full of dyes and chemical seals to make the product more attractive and slow the rate of decay. While pretty on the outside, the inside delivers an unnecessary dose of chemicals into the soil. We get all of our natural mulch from local suppliers with a proper nutrient scale that works in tandem with the existing soil.

URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING MORE WITH LESS

50% of land in the United States is used for some form of agriculture. 1/3 of this food goes to waste with an annual loss equivalent to 1 trillion in losses. Urban farming can assist in reducing these numbers with less wasted produce, reduced deforestation, and building a tighter knit community!

 

Greenscape Geeks is a strong advocate of community sponsored agriculture, whether it be through a non-profit community garden, beekeeping, or animal husbandry. We provide consultation services as well as infrastructure construction necessary for your urban farm dreams to excel. With as little as a 1/4 of an acre, you can have a high-yield garden of your own.

PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE

A term coined and a concept formed in 1978 has led to a modern examination of the systems that Mother Nature has used for millennia. These systems work synergistically with the people, land, resources, and local environment in a way that allows all parties involved to benefit.

 

The concept begins with the idea of integration of many systems and programs: non-invasive agriculture, agroforestry, aquaculture, hydrology, natural landscaping, and waste management, to name a few. This marriage of systems allows people to make the best use of available resources while conserving those that are at higher risk of depletion. Combining systems willy-nilly is a sure-fire way to waste time and money, so David Holmgren and Bill Mollison came up with 12 solid principles to carefully consider when humans want to interact with their environment.

1.    Observe and Interact

2.    Catch and Store Energy

3.    Obtain a Yield

4.    Apply Self-regulation and respond to feedback

5.    Use renewable resources

6.    Produce no Waste

7.    Design from pattern to details

8.    Integrate rather than segregate

9.    Use small and slow solutions

10.    Use and value diversity

11.    Use the edges

12.    Creatively use and respond to change

Following these rules can help drastically minimize waste and improve recycling while reducing humanity's carbon footprint.

BLUEPRINTS FOR GREEN LIVING

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nearly 9 billion gallons of water a year is used for outdoor residential use, with irrigation systems accounting for 30% of the water used. When we talk about managing storm runoff-which can taint aquatic ecology many miles away-we mention the use of green infrastructures, such as bioswale, drip irrigation, and rain garden installations to defray the large scale energy costs associated with complex water-management systems.

 

Water management is a massive part of creating sustainable spaces, and associated costs can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, local government partnerships with non-profits and environmental committee rebate programs aim to alleviate some financial burden to aid in public sustainability involvement. Reach out here to find out what your local municipality is offering to manage storm runoff and water utilities.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FOR PERPETUAL HEALTH

We believe that landscape, whether residential or commercial, can contain beauty and prosperity at no negative cost to those that live or work there. It's easy to overlook the crucial role of flowers, insects, and birds in providing a bountiful return year after year. Little critters work behind the scenes exhaustively to keep a delicate balance in order, but they need homes and shelter just like we do! Only certain plants provide butterflies, bees, birds and other beneficial insects with the necessary habitat to thrive, pollinate our crops, and eat pests. Purchasing these plants from certain big box stores and other unreliable nurseries can be harmful, as neonicotinoid insecticides may be present that could kill the helpful variety of insects and pollinators. Buying from Greenscape Geeks means you're getting native species of plants and stonework that is ethically sourced.

 

We also like to promote health and wellness for our bodies by encouraging people to eat local, pesticide-free foods. If our client wants to start a garden, we offer consultations too! What better way to save money and know exactly what went into growing your food than to grow your own? Our raised garden bed services include building kits and educational materials to help people grow fresh vegetables of their own; passing along garden knowledge is vital in building community sponsored agriculture and an atmosphere of environmental stewardship.

ORGANIC MULCH

At Greenscape Geeks, we choose to use the highest quality natural mulch because it’s better for our clients and better for the environment. Many commercial types of mulch come packed full of dyes and chemical seals to make the product more attractive and slow the rate of decay. While pretty on the outside, the inside delivers an ugly dose of chemicals into the soil. We get all of our natural mulch from local suppliers.

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