Rain Barrels We all know that when it rains, it pours; and with the right rain barrel, all that rainwater can be saved. Rain water harvesting is important because it decreases the high demand for domestic water in which residential irrigation can account for up to 40% of consumption. By collecting rain water and storing it a rain barrel you’ll have water for future use, whether it’s for watering the garden or just keeping it handy for emergency situations.
Rain gardens are becoming progressively more popular in the home landscape because they provide a beautiful and sustainable way to manage stormwater onsite. A rain garden is a bowl-shaped bed designed to capture and soak up storm water runoff from your roof or other impervious areas around your home like driveways, walkways, and even compacted lawn areas. The bed is excavated and then filled with a special soil mix and planted with appropriate water-loving flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants to provide maximum water infiltration.
In addition to adding beauty to your home landscape, rain gardens can also help protect water quality, by reducing storm water runoff from your house lot. Storm water runoff is considered one of the main sources of water pollution nation-wide. As watersheds become developed, an increase in paved surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, and rooftops increase storm water runoff causing rainwater to run off quickly into storm drains and surface waters. Storm water runoff can result in:
Flooding – especially more frequent “flash” flooding.
Overall reduction in groundwater recharge.
Increased water quality impacts caused by pollutants in storm water runoff.
Long-term lowering of groundwater tables and loss of stream flow during dry weather
A rain garden will allow the runoff generated on your property to infiltrate into the ground and help to reduce water quality problems. While your individual rain garden may seem like a small contribution, collectively, rain gardens can produce important water quality benefits, especially in our troubled Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Our raingardens are carefully designed to provide the proper capacity for your site, filled with the appropriate soil mixture, and planted with water tolerant plants to help with runoff. Green Earth’s experienced team will create a rain garden that works and adds beauty to your landscape!
Rain water Harvesting and Irrigation
Rainwater harvesting is our specialty! Don’t let that precious resource escape. Studies show that plants watered with rainwater are healthier and grow better than plants watered with municipal water. Imagine having the ability to water your prized planting or organic vegetable garden in the middle of a drought with our most precious resource, rainwater.
At Green Earth Landscaping, we can create a customized system for capturing the water from your roof in rainbarrels, cisterns or modular aquablocks. Once collected you can use that rainwater for many purposes, including watering your plants or washing the car.
In our opinion, rain water drip irrigation is an excellent use of your rainwater harvesting system. Garden and lawn irrigation systems for the average homeowner range from portable lawn sprinklers to automatic sprinkler systems. Each system is designed to deliver water to your garden in a different way. We can use a combination of methods. The best garden irrigation plan is one that is carefully designed to meet your needs and budget.
At Green Earth Landscaping, we can install an irrigation system that fits your garden, and helps make your home a little greener.
Pervious Pavers are modular blocks or grid pavement systems designed to allow rainwater to collect in a substrate and slowly filter into the ground. This new paver product is green because it enables us to minimize storm water runoff which contaminates our waterways by picking up pollutants. Call Green Earth Landscaping today for more information!
Natural Lawn Care
Aside from just making your yard look good, lawns absorb water. This helps reduce storm runoff and improve water quality. Lawns also have a significant cooling effect; lawns promote healthful micro-organisms, filter rainwater contaminants, provide oxygen, trap dust and dirt, and prevent erosion.
However, the environmentally damaging cost of caring for your lawn has significantly increased in the past decade.
Per hour of operation, a gas lawn mower emits 10-12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical auto. A weed eater emits 21 times more and a leaf blower 34 times more. Where pesticides are used, 60 - 90% of earthworms are killed. Earthworms are important for soil health
The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland
30% of water used on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast.
Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually
18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste.
Developing a healthy lawn is how YOU can do your part to be green. Some tips to help naturally improve your lawn are:
Water Deeply but not too often
Choose a locally adapted grass
Control thatch build-up
Improve the soil
Mow often, but not too short
Aside from these helpful tips, we can have our experienced staff come and find the right natural lawn program for your lawn. Call Green Earth Landscaping today!
THE RAINXCHANGE™ SYSTEM IS REVOLUTIONARY!
The Aquascape RainXchange™ Harvesting Systems are a revolutionary design that combines a recirculating decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvesting collection system.
Clean, Filtered Water Collection & Storage - While you enjoy the benefits of a decorative water feature, the RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System filters the stored water to prevent stagnation and growth of unhealthy bacteria.
The RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System reveals only a beautiful water feature that integrates easily into existing landscape.
Collecting and storing the water underground maintains the integrity and beauty of your home and landscape.
Wildlife Habitat - Because the water stored in the RainXchange™ System is constantly moving and being aerated, it becomes a sanctuary for wildlife.
Water Feature Lifestyle - Enhanced landscaping improves property value and water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world.
Environmental Conservation - Capturing rainwater to operate the water feature creates true self-sustainability, drastically reducing the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.