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Landscape Architects and Designers Weigh In on the Future

All landscapes start in the design phase and landscape architects and designers can be influential in how outdoor spaces are crafted and how they impact the areas around them. As for the future of landscapes, sustainability is the most important element landscape architects and designers see moving forward. Joe Hanauer, ASLA, owner of Landscape Architecture, […]

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Planning and Planting With Purpose

Creating a mindful landscape incorporates the basic tenets of mindfulness: being fully present, connected to your surroundings and intentional about your thoughts and actions. A healthy, vibrant landscape can lift your client’s mood while reducing stress and anxiety. A mindful process starts with intentional planning, attention to detail and encouraging connections throughout the ecosystem. Monique […]

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Photo: Bryan Malloch

Landscapes of the Month: Transforming a Parking Lot into a Retention Pond

When new construction required MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, to add a stormwater detention pond to capture excess runoff, they decided it provided a good opportunity to make the new detention area a naturalized wetland to restore native habitat to an urban location. They turned to Lawn Management Company, Inc., based in Houston, […]

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Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions Works with St. Louis Green Business Challenge to Promote Ecological Landscaping

When Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions started working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on implementing the university’s sustainability goals, it came to their attention that they didn’t have an internal structure for sustainable practices. While they recognized sustainability was part of who they are, Focal Pointe didn’t have a collective approach to their operations […]

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Photo: Aamna Anwer, Sustainability Coordinator - Office of Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis

How I Do It: Partnering with a University on Sustainability  

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, based in Caseyville, Illinois, has been working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for a number of years and the college has been focused on sustainability for some time. Washington University established the Office of Sustainability in 2011. “WashU understands that sustainable landscape practices are more than the right thing […]

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Photo: The Klausing Group

Effective Stormwater Management: Installing Bioswales

There are many facets to sustainable landscape practices and one aspect is effective stormwater management. If left unmanaged, stormwater runoff can result in flooding around a property and runoff picking up contaminants that ultimately negatively impact a receiving body of water. One method of stormwater management is the installation of bioswales on a property. “Bioswales […]

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Photo: SeaScape Lawn Care

SeaScape Lawn Care Makes Sustainability a Priority

With a Ph.D. in turf management, finding ways to provide lawns with what they need — without overapplying — has always been a goal of Jim Wilkinson, president of SeaScape Lawn Care in Coventry, Rhode Island. In addition to developing an all-natural lawn care offering (as well as a hybrid approach), Wilkinson has also worked […]

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Serpico’s Shift to Battery Power

One of Serpico’s founding core values is resource conservation and it guides how they approach every large undertaking. Their latest effort is the shift to 100 percent hybrid-electric-powered landscape maintenance by 2028. Their hybrid-electric routes will be identified as “Green Power+” which includes battery-powered equipment and hybrid-electric Ford F-150 Powerboost trucks. “We look for ways […]

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Faces of the Industry: Zech Strauser

Sustainability has always been important to Zech Strauser, founder and owner of Strauser Nature’s Helpers, based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He started his company in 1998 and they serve Class A and HOA properties throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York from their locations in East Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, and Lancaster. His company’s goals include leading […]

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Sebert's headquarter building is Gold LEED certified.
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Sebert’s Commitment to Sustainability Is Ingrained in Every Level

Sebert Landscape, based in Bartlett, Illinois, has always had a goal to create a better environment since they started in 1985. CEO Jeff Sebert says in the last 12 years, they’ve taken a hardcore approach to sustainability. “Sustainability is progressive and contagious,” Sebert says. “As our business has grown tremendously so has our commitment. The […]

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