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 and accommodating for 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.
Inspired by New England Wetland Plants.
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:
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.
Capturing rainwater allows it to be redistributed in the garden during drought periods. We follow standards set by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Streams, ponds, lakes, and all water bodies, large or small, should be protected, as they are essential to the health and well-being of our terrestrial landscapes. We take careful consideration of stormwater flow paths, riparian borders, and point-source pollution, to ensure the health of our freshwater resources and ecosystems. Learn more about pond & lake management on our blog.
The best way to preserve water quality is to eliminate contaminants! All Green Jay Lanscape Design properties are 100% organic, meaning there are no toxic pesticides or fertilizers leaching off our landscapes into natural water systems.
Green Jay Landscape Design 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 conserve soil and improve water quality.
Let’s discuss your goals and determine if we are a good fit for your project.
Left to its own devices, stormwater can gather pollutants and erode your landscape. Green Jay Landscaping can design creative drainage solutions for your property.
Wetlands are Mother Nature's filtration system! We can turn your wetland burden into an asset – meeting local wetland regulations with beautiful design.
More than just "weeds," invasive species can out-compete other plants and reduce biodiversity on your property. Let us take care of your invasive problem holistically and responsibly.
We face many challenges from steep slopes to stream bank failure. As our climate shifts, it increases the need to anticipate and design sustainable systems that will withstand flooding and serve storms.
Much of our Northeast landscapes are natural forest ecosystems. Before, during, and after development and land clearing, selection of successional species should be planned and managed for resilient landscapes.
Jay Archer fuses ecological expertise with practical construction practices and principals for a winning combination in project development.