Organic In all of our work, we follow organic standards set by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Green Jay Landscape Design never uses synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides. These traditionally-applied toxic chemicals persist in the environment, runoff into our waterways, and compromise the health of families, pets, wildlife, and soil biology. Water Stormwater management is essential for water conservation. By capturing and cleaning stormwater on-site through rain gardens and bio-retention, we can recharge our aquifers instead of perpetuating runoff, water pollution, and erosion. Soil Healthy soil = Happy plants! We care for the soil by fostering microbial communities that help plants uptake nutrients. Synthetic chemicals kill microbes and are never used in our work. Instead, we use natural fertilizers like shredded leaves, grass clippings, and compost to feed microbial decomposers that, in turn, make nutrients available to plants. Habitat Much of our wild habitats have been compromised by development, and we are currently experiencing a great loss of biodiversity. At Green Jay Landscape Design, we think every landscape is an opportunity to provide habitat and support biodiversity. Many of our properties are NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats that provide food, water, and shelter for local fauna. Imagine the joy of a buzzing pollinator garden frequented by butterflies and migrating birds! Plants Selecting a majority of native plants ensures that we support the local fauna that evolved alongside the flora. Native plants are also hardy in our climate and require fewer inputs, watering, and maintenance. By selecting native, we also do not risk importing alien pests or diseases that can knock out defenseless natives and disrupt ecosystems.