Waste-Efficient Landscape Maintenance
Sustainable landscape practices reduce green waste generation, reuse yard trimmings on-site, and recycle organic materials in an environmental, cost effective manner. These practices include:
- Controlled Irrigation. Maintain plant health and appearance by irrigating with a zone/time controller.
- Fertilization. Apply needed amounts of plant nutrients.
- Grasscycling. Leave clippings on the lawn when mowing.
- Selective Pruning. Trim healthy plants selectively.
- Composting and Mulching. Use site-generated trimmings as feedstock; when possible, purchase recycled products.
- Environmentally Beneficial Design. Install low maintenance, drought tolerant plants in a sustainable landscaping design.
Realize the benefits of the "Three Rs" in Sustainable Landscape
- Significant savings add up from low maintenance, water, and fertilizer costs.
- On-site management of yard trimmings return valuable, high-quality nutrients and organic matter that encourage healthier plants and prevent erosion.
- Mulch and compost enhances soil fertility and water holding capacity, slows evaporation losses, and increases plant drought tolerance.
- Mulch and compost use reduces fertilizer and water runoff that lead to surface and groundwater pollution.
Fountain Circle on the west side of California’s state Capitol was selected as a demonstration project for grasscycling. The Department of General Services (DGS), the Office of Buildings and Grounds (OBG), and the Toro Company worked together in this demonstration. DGS/OBG converted their entire fleet to grasscycling mowers based on this successful venture.
Results from Grasscycling
Anticipated results similar to the grasscycling project at Fountain Circle:
- Cut mowing time by over 50 percent.
- Eliminate bagging and disposal costs.
- Recycle over 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet of turf annually.
- Reduce fertilization requirements by 25 percent.
- Conserve water usage.