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Staying ‘Green’ in the Green Industry

Here at Robbins Landscaping, Inc. we strive to practice environmentally sound and sustainable management techniques. We value the landscapes that we enhance and employ the following practices to preserve the natural balance present on the sites.

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Green Practices Tips from Robbins Landscaping, Inc.

Grass-cycling

After mowing a lawn, our crew members blow the grass clippings evenly throughout grass. This practice, called ‘grass-cycling,’ recycles the nutrients held in the clippings. These nutrients are released into the grass plants as the clippings decompose, improving plant health, requiring less water, and requiring less applied fertilizer.

IPM (integrated pest management)

Integrated Pest Management refers to the holistic approach to managing pest situations in the landscape. IPM programs consist of well planned cultural, mechanical, and biological control regimens that work together to prevent and treat pest situations. An example of an IPM program includes properly spacing plants to allow for improved airflow which decrease diseases, the pruning out of diseased plant tissue to prevent inoculum spread, pruning plants for vigor, mulching for weed control, grass-cycling for nutrient application, aeration for de-thatching which improves grass vigor and soil gas-exchange capacity, and adjusting mowing heights for weed control and plant vigor. Chemicals are used for control only when treatment is necessary.

Leaf Mulching

During leaf season, our crews mulch fallen leaves into the soil (based on soil needs.) This practice applies nutrients to soil at sites in need of nutrient supplement. If sufficient nutrients are already available on a site, leaves are not mulched into the soil so as to prevent potential off-site movement of nutrients.

Grass Varieties

Turf stands require a relatively large amount of inputs in order to perform to the expectations of a homeowner and to provide maximum benefit to the environment. In order to reduce the input demands of turf, we plant Native Cool Season grasses when applicable; native grasses are already adapted to the soil and climate in which they will grow. They require less water and fewer amendments to soil which helps to keep the environmental effect of inputs relatively low.

Equipment Maintenance

Our crews maintain all pieces of equipment properly so as to prevent fuel and fluid spills and eliminate inefficiencies and excessive use of fuel.

Efficient Routing

Our Landscape Management routes are scheduled so that each client visit minimizes miles traveled and maximize resources. Our routes are as fuel efficient as possible.

Disposing of yard waste

When yard waste disposal is necessary, organic matter is disposed of either in natural areas on the property, providing nutrient and structural benefits to the soil, or taken to our office and applied to our organic matter pile for decomposition.

Soil Testing

Before beginning maintenance work on a property, we perform a soil test. Soil tests denote valuable information about the condition of the soil including nutrient and pH levels. Knowing these details about a property allows us to properly manage the site, make appropriate plant selections, prevent and manage pest situations, and eliminate unnecessary chemical applications.

Mowing Heights

Throughout the growing season we closely manage the mowing height of our turf mowers to promote plant health. For example, during the hottest, driest part of the season, mowing heights of turf are increased to reduce water needs and improve health by preventing diseases.

Irrigation service

Our Irrigation division provides service visits during the growing season to adjust water usage based on need. Balancing water output and plant water intake improves water conservation.

Mulching/Pruning

Healthy plants provide many benefits to environment like carbon sequestration, water filtration, soil restoration, and temperature moderation. Maintaining healthy plants maximizes these benefits and we work hard to make sure that we manage the plants in our care as well as possible. Some healthy habits we employ include the use of applications of organic mulch to improve soil moisture content and decrease the irrigation needs of the site, and a well-planned pruning program to improve plant structure, health, and vigor.