Water is one of the essential elements necessary for life. We are blessed by the abundance of pure, clean water in our local environment.
Conservation of this precious natural resource starts with accounting for and accommodating stormwater for on-site infiltration and storage. The goal is to recharge the subsurface aquifer before runoff offsite becomes contaminated by contact with polluted roadways, dumping into streams and drinking water reservoirs. It is more effective and efficient to clean up stormwater before it becomes part of our aquatic systems.
We design landscapes for aesthetic charm and beauty, but also to efficiently utilize all available resources. Actions such as simple tree planting or creating landforms for berms and planting beds will increase stormwater infiltration on-site. Stormwater management options include:
- Rain gardens – Rain gardens can add a colorful focal point to your property. We plant with plants appropriate to the soil hydrology and eco-region. Particularly, we plant facultative plants that can withstand both flooding and drought, allowing rainwater to gather, infiltrate, and avoid erosion elsewhere. Rain gardens are a great instance of the permaculture theory of “stacked functions,” for they create habitat for local pollinators and treat storm water!
- Bioswales – A bioswale is a bioengineering technique to intercept stormwater and increase percolation. Native planting and natural vegetation turn the swale into a beautiful landscape feature.
- Rainwater Harvesting – Capturing rainwater allows it to be redistributed in the garden during drought periods. We follow standards set by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.
- Downspout Planters – Beautify your gutter downspout with a garden that makes use of all that water! We use structural soil that improves the microbiology in the soil and water absorption, contributing to sustainable growth. This is an example of passive (non-electric) irrigation.
- Trees – Trees are nature’s master mechanics. The substantial biomass and extended fungal network of our native trees are the glue that holds together our natural landscapes. Nothing manages water better than the wide diversity of trees from mature majestic oaks and stately pines to the rich pioneer species such as birch, beech, and sassafras that contribute to a highly-functioning ecosystem that makes our landscape environment whole.
- Cultecs, Drywells, French Drains, Perimeter Drains, Infiltration Trenches, Catch Basins, etc. – These standard engineering systems and devices serve as essential parts of stormwater management systems. With innovation and creativity, they can be utilized and integrated into a more progressive landscape design.
- Pond & Lake Management – As one of our most precious natural resources, water and water quality are of paramount concern in our landscapes. This is especially true of open water aquatic systems. We take careful consideration of flow paths, riparian borders, point-source pollution, and the many factors that contribute to the preservation of clean water, to ensure the health of our resources and ecosystems. Streams, ponds, lakes, and all water bodies, large or small, should be cared for, as they are essential to the health and well-being of our terrestrial landscapes.
- Organics – The best way to preserve water quality is to eliminate contaminants! All Green Jay Landscaping properties are 100% organic, meaning there are no toxic pesticides or fertilizers leaching off our landscapes into natural water systems. Learn more about our Organic programs.
Green Jay Landscaping employs the principals of low-impact development (LID) and Sustainable Site Initiative (SSI) during all projects, especially in ecologically-sensitive areas. We also use state-of-the-art site protection methods during our construction and restoration practices, such as stream bank stabilization, tree protection, and erosion control devices to improve and maintain water quality.