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Planting
Choose and locate plants to grow to natural size and avoid shearing
Do not plant invasive species
Grow region native, climate-adapted plants
Implement hydrozoning—group plants by water needs

DesignCo's high performance landscapes incorporate best practices into your projects. 

Earthwork and Soil Health
Assess the soil and test drainage
Remove and store topsoil before grading
Protect soil from compaction
Aerate compacted soils
Feed soils naturally and avoid synthetic fertilizers
Protect all soil with a minimum of three inches of recycled organic mulch
Amend the soil with quality compost before planting
Use integrated pest management (IPM) design and construction practices to prevent pest problems
Keep soil and organic matter where it belongs

Maintenance
Provide shade to moderate building temperatures
Plant trees
Diversify the plant species
Choose region natives first
Design for on-site rainwater collection, recycled water and/or graywater use
Design and install high efficiency irrigation systems, including weather-based irrigation controllers
Install a dedicated meter or submeter to monitor landscape water use
Keep plant debris on site by grasscycling and producing mulch and compost from plant debris
Separate plant debris for clean green discounts
Protect soil from compaction
Feed soil naturally and avoid synthetic fertilizers
Mulch regularly to a minimum depth of three inches
Manage and maintain the irrigation system so every drop counts
Use integrated pest management (IPM) as part of maintenance practices
Choose and maintain your materials, equipment and vehicles carefully to minimize pollution and fuel consumption
Use organic pest management—avoid pesticides prohibited by the Organic Materials Research Institute

Site Planning
Select and evaluate the site carefully
Consider the potential for disease
Keep plant debris on- site by producing mulch and compost from plant debris
Minimize site disturbance
Provide water and/or shelter for wildlife, such as bird houses, bat houses, boulders, logs, wood piles, large native shrubs and trees
Conserve or restore natural areas and wildlife corridors

Irrigation
Design for on-site rainwater collection, recycled water and/or graywater use
Design and install high efficiency irrigation systems, including weather-based irrigation controllers
Install a dedicated meter or submeter to monitor landscape water use

Whole-Systems Approach to Sustainability​

Innovation
Employ a holistic approach to the landscape design, construction and management

Here's a short list of our best practices for creating sustainable landscapes:

Site Planning
Stormwater and Site Drainage
Earthwork and Soil Health
Materials
Planting
Irrigation
Maintenance
Innovation

Stormwater and Site Drainage
Minimize impervious surfaces
Design a system to capture and filter stormwater, such as vegetated swales, infiltration planters, detention basins, or stormwater wetlands

Materials
Use salvaged items and recycled content materials
Reduce and recycle landscape construction waste
Reduce the heat island effect with cool site techniques
Design lighting carefully to minimize energy use, use solar power and reduce light pollution
Choose and maintain equipment for fuel conservation
Specify low embodied energy products
Use integrated pest management (IPM)
Use organic pest management—avoid pesticides prohibited by the Organic Materials Research Institute