Sustainable Landscapes

Education, research, and evaluations are necessary tools for balancing human needs with those of nature. SPROUT offers resources to inform and facilitate the design process with our clients.

The following topics are covered in this one hour class:

Pre development and under the ground

  • Building inside Nature’s Envelope
    • Plant survey
    • Reduced limits of work drainage patterns
    • Saving topsoil what plants were in originally, reduced weeds.
    • Protect the soils
    • Minimize soil compaction
    • Protect against solvents etc.
    • Vegetating disturbed areas
  • Revegetation checklist
    • Clean up the soil
    • Transplant Salvaged vegetation that requires heavy equipment
    • Aerate the soil
    • Spread on salvaged topsoil
    • Plant custom grown vegetation and or sow native seed
    • Mulch
    • Water until establishment
  • Structural soil

Gathering Cleaning and saving water

  • Cisterns
  • Storm water
  • Condensate water
  • Rain gardens and other stormwater collection devices
  • Cleaning Stormwater
  • Pervious pavements
  • Limit sod areas
  • Green roofs
  • Moisture sensors
  • Irrigation that minimizes water use

Reducing Heat Island

  • Green roofs
  • IPC
  • Shade from tree canopies/channeling breezes, passive site design
  • Green screen
  • Proactive design features – (Chip’s book)

Protect and enhance wildlife habitat

  • Green roofs
  • Butterfly plants
  • Bird boxes

Preserving night sky

  • Full cut off Light fixtures
  • Solar light fixtures
  • No up lights – design consideration for signage

Green maintenance practices

  • Right plant in the right place
  • Phosphorous

Sustainable materials

  • Recycled
  • Local
  • Renewable

Commissioning for Landscape

  • Irrigation
  • Maintenance practices
  • Check shadow patterns as landscape matures or dies

Green and Learning

  • Research
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