Top Cut is an industry leader in green initiatives and sustainable landscaping. So what do these terms actually mean? Traditional landscaping and typical landscape management practices often are designed to meet human needs and aesthetics, often having some impact on our landscape environment or environment in general. Examples of this could include; the clearing or damaging of native or natural habitats for suburban sprawl and subsequent planting of landscapes with vast lawns and manicured arrangements of exotic ornamental plants.
This places a heavy toll on environments and human health. This type of a landscape requires extensive use of mechanical equipment, unnecessary consumption of our limited natural resources (water and fossil fuels), frequent application of fertilizers and pesticides, and the generation of significant quantities of solid waste.
As a result, our surface and ground waters are being polluted; destructive flooding is more commonplace; our neighborhood’s tranquility and air quality are compromised by noisy landscape equipment; and our landfills are being consumed by yard waste. Furthermore, the biodiversity of our ecosystems is suffering from the introduction of invasive exotic landscape plants.
Some other quick facts include;
- Gasoline-powered landscape equipment (mowers, trimmers, blowers, chainsaws) account for over 5% of our urban air pollution.
- Residential application of pesticides is typically at a rate 20 times that of farmers per acre; it results in many unintended results.
- Yard waste, (comprised of anything generated from landscape operations) comprise 20% of municipal solid waste collected and most still ends up in landfills.
- A lawn has less than 10% of the water absorption capacity of a natural vegetation landscape – a reason for suburban flooding.
Because we cannot continue to abuse our surroundings and still expect a healthy, attractive community, we must learn to balance our needs with those of the environment. Beneficial landscaping attempts to do just that. And, in addition to protecting and conserving our natural resources, this method of landscaping can save considerable time and money through reduced maintenance requirements.
So; what is Top Cut Lawn Services doing about it?
Top Cut Lawn Services is unveiling its Green Initiative pilot program and we have began to test ‘Green’ landscape equipment. This program is part of a multi-phase program which started in 2015 which includes:
- Internal recycling of paper, plastic & cardboard.
- Testing of propane powered mowers.
- Testing of electric powered blowers and trimmers.
- Improved processing of landscape waste.
- Testing of organic solutions for turf management.
- Improved water management practices and use of new technology.
Have a question about how green initiatives can be used in your community? Call your communities landscape experts at Top Cut Lawn Services; we may be reached at (561) 649-1335