Climate Change Conscious Design

Turfgrass and Drinking Water Waste in the United States / EPA Research Report on Turfgrass Allowance

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Turfgrass and Drinking Water Waste in the United States / EPA Research Report on Turfgrass Allowance

On average, single-family homes in this country use 30 percent of their household water outdoors; however, in many areas of the country, outdoor water use ranges from 50 to 70 percent. For example, 60 percent of residential water is used outdoors in Phoenix, Arizona,4 and 70 percent of residential water is used outdoors in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Examining outdoor water use and finding ways to be more efficient is important because our demand as a nation is growing faster than our water resources can manage. Between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population increased nearly 90 percent, while the amount of water used from the public supply increased by 208 percent. For example, in 1965, average daily water use in Georgia was 50 gallons per person. In 2000, the per capita use had risen to approximately 200 gallons per day, a large portion of which was used outdoors. Once considered a problem only in desert regions, water supply issues have become more common nationwide in less drought-prone regions such as Georgia and the Northeast. Even under non-drought conditions, at least 36 states have predicted water shortages by 2013. Not only does outdoor water use comprise a significant portion of residential use, it stresses existing water supplies by contributing to peak demand during summer months. During these hot, dry times, utilities must increase capacity to meet residential landscape irrigation requirements, sometimes as much as three to four times the amount used during winter months. For example, rain rarely falls in Austin, Texas, during July and August; as a result, the city’s overall water use increases by nearly 100 percent compared to winter use. Even in temperate regions of the country, peak demand occurs during spring and summer months. A study in a region east of the Mississippi River demonstrated that water use increased by one third during the spring to fall growing season.

Research suggests that turfgrass receives the highest percentage of the residential irrigation water in traditional landscaping. Several studies indicate that commonly used varieties of turfgrass require more water than many commonly used landscape plants. In addition, homeowners tend to overwater turfgrass. As a result, landscapes with large expanses of turfgrass generally use more water than those planted with a mixture of other plants such as groundcover, shrubs, and trees.

Many research studies show that turfgrass-dominated landscapes, typical of residential yards in the United States, use more water than those with a mix of regionally appropriate plants such as groundcover, shrubs, and trees. While many of these studies were conducted in the western United States due to the serious water supply issues facing those regions, water savings from switching to regionally appropriate landscapes are still expected elsewhere in the country. In Marin, California, a study of 548 dwelling units found a strong correlation between the perimeter of turf and water use. Researchers developed a multiple regression model of water applied to the landscape compared to the turf perimeter, turf area, and total landscape area. Results showed a very strong correlation (R2 = 0.91), with turf perimeter identified as the dominant independent variable. When comparing turf-dominated landscapes to those dominated by the water-conserving tree, plant, and shrub varieties, the researchers found that the turf-dominated landscapes used 54 percent more water than the mixed landscapes.

Environment Conservation

The American Dream sans Green Turf Grass Lawn

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by Maxwell Alexander, CEO & Founder, Landida™ Smart Landscapes

A luscious green lawn used to be a source of pride and a symbol of achieving the American Dream, well, at least for Babyboomers. They loved sugary drinks with artificial colors and flavors and dumped millions of tons of pesticides in their front yard to keep the grass greener on their side of the road, and neighbors jealous across the street.

Good news for the Planet: the new generation of homeowners is in town! Millennials are way more eco-conscious, know that climate change is an actual thing, they prefer being healthy and cannot stand pesticides or artificial flavors and colors in their food. Millennials are moving out of cities and taking over the suburbs and America’s landscape is changing as we speak… Literally!

While green turf grass is, unfortunately, still the most common lawn option, many homeowners in the United States and all around the World are drawn to the appeal of maintenance-free rock lawns. These gravel-based ground coverings are ideal for regions that are under watering restrictions due to drought (which is basically the entire Planet earth), or for homeowners who are just tired of constant mowing and inhaling pesticides/herbicides that come with their grass lawn. The installation process is similar to installing mulch or rock in a flower bed but encompasses the entire lawn instead. A rock lawn requires almost no ongoing maintenance and actually draws attention to the low-maintenance, evergreen shrubs and trees. In addition, Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock Lawns look equally good in the winter as they do in the summer.

Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock Lawn Benefits

Eliminating the grass from a lawn may seem like a drastic move, but it actually has many time saving and eco-friendly benefits.

  • Reduces the amount of time required to mow, water and fertilize the grass.
  • Conserves water by eliminating the need to water the lawn.
  • Reduces or completely eliminates pesticides applied to the lawn.
  • Reduces the amount of yard waste, such as grass, leaves and pine needles, that is sent to the landfill.

Some cities located in drought-prone areas of the Southwest even provide tax breaks for homeowners who replace their lawn with rock or gravel. This incentive strives to conserve as much water as possible for human consumption.

Environment Conservation

Stop the Mowing Madness With an Eco-Friendly Landida™ Smart Landscape Rock Lawn

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by Maxwell Alexander, CEO & Founder of Landida™ — Smart Landscapes

While a thick carpet of grass is, unfortunately, the most common lawn option, many homeowners in the United States and all around the World are drawn to the appeal of maintenance-free rock lawns. These pebble-based ground coverings are ideal for regions that are under watering restrictions due to drought (which is basically the entire Planet earth), or for homeowners who are just tired of constant mowing and inhaling pesticides/herbicides that come with their grass lawn. The installation process is similar to installing mulch or rock in a flower bed but encompasses the entire lawn instead. A rock lawn requires almost no ongoing maintenance and actually draws attention to the low-maintenance, evergreen shrubs and trees. In addition, Landida™ Smart Landscapes rock lawns look equally good in the winter as they do in the summer.

Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ - Smart Landscapes
Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ – Smart Landscapes

Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock Lawn Benefits

Eliminating the grass from a lawn may seem like a drastic move, but it actually has many time saving and eco-friendly benefits.

  • Reduces the amount of time required to mow, water and fertilize grass.
  • Conserves water by eliminating the need to water the lawn.
  • Reduces or completely eliminates pesticides applied to the lawn.
  • Reduces the amount of yard waste, such as grass, leaves and pine needles, that is sent to the landfill.

Some cities located in drought-prone areas of the Southwest even provide tax breaks for homeowners who replace their lawn with rock or gravel. This incentive strives to conserve as much water as possible for human consumption.

Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ - Smart Landscapes
Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ – Smart Landscapes

What to expect when installing Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock Lawn

We will measure the width and length of the lawn, and multiply the two numbers together to arrive at the square footage of the lawn. We will determine how many tons of rock you need by dividing the number by 100 for 1-inch diameter rock or by 110 for 1/2-inch diameter rock. These measurements are for the recommended installation depth of 2 inches.

Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™
Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™

Trained Landida™ Smart Landscapes Professional will Prepare the Area

Landida™ Smart Landscapes experts will remove all grass and weeds from the area using a spade to slide under the top 1 to 2 inches of soil. We will place the material into a wheelbarrow and move it to a compost area preferably on your property or a certified compost site. We will not remove any trees or shrubs that you want to remain in place. Instead of spraying the ground with an herbicide, we will install black weed-barrier landscaping fabric. 

Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscapes by Landia™
Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscapes by Landia™

Installing the Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock

Landida™ Smart Landscapes Experts will spread the material out to an even 2-inch thickness using a bow rake. They will repeat the process of spreading out the rock until the entire surface of the lawn is covered. Although we can use any type of gravel or rock desired, river-run gravel is rounded and more comfortable to walk on for both humans and pets, and bluestone 3/8 gravel is just as comfortable to walk on plus has a stylish and sophisticated look. We will rinse the top of the rocks with a garden hose to remove any white residue.

No matter the motivation, Landida™ Smart Landscapes Rock Lawns are attractive landscaping options for all areas of the country. Not only do homeowners reduce the amount of money they spend on the lawn, they gain more time to enjoy their home instead of just maintaining it.

Environment Conservation

America is Converting to beautiful and Intelligent water-free, grass-free, pesticide-free Landscapes

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America is Converting to beautiful and Intelligent water-free, grass-free, pesticide-free Landscapes

Climate Change is here and those who want to survive are adapting! Let’s adapt to the new reality in style! To be exact in modern,  sophisticated, sustainable, environmentally friendly yet fashionable style.

Landida™ landscapes are designed to reduce or completely forgo the use of precious energy, fresh water, harmful pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Yet they are human and pet-friendly, visually pleasing, evergreen, eco-conscious and virtually maintenance free. Ditch your lawn mower and join the Smart Landscape Revolution!

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Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ - Smart Landscapes
Convert to Grass-Free Landscape with Landida™ – Smart Landscapes
Environment Conservation

Landida™|Smart Landscapes – Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscape Certification™

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Landida™|Smart Landscapes – Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscape Certification™

Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscapes by Landia™

Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscape Certification™

Established by Duncan Avenue Group to recognize and distinguish sustainable & eco-conscious landscape design practices that lead to environmentally friendly landscapes. Pesticide/Herbicide Free Landscapes do not require the use of harmful or artificially synthesized pesticides or herbicides.

This voluntary certification is open to Duncan Avenue Group brands as well as third-party brands and organizations from around the World.

Climate Change Conscious Design

Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™

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Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™

Landia™ is Duncan Avenue Group Certified Climate Change Conscious Design™ Service Provider. Climate Change Conscious Design™ Certification has been established by Duncan Avenue Group to recognize and distinguish contemporary design practices and ideas taking into account sustainability and effects of human civilization on the environment.

This voluntary certification is open to Duncan Avenue Group brands as well as third-party brands and organizations from around the World.

Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™
Climate Change Conscious Landscapes by Landia™
Environment Conservation

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment

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How your lawn equipment is harming the environment

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Summer is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.

As we begin our list of warm-weather chores, is it possible that our lawn equipment is actually harming the environment? Unfortunately, the answer could be yes, depending on the type of equipment you’re using to keep your lawn in tip-top shape. If you’re still using gas-powered outdoor gear, here are some important facts that you should know, according to Ted Steinberg’s American Green:

  • A gas-powered walk-behind mower running for one hour emits as much pollution as eight cars operating for the same period of time.
  • A riding lawn mower emits as much pollution as 34 cars operating for the same period of time.
  • In the U.S. alone, 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled into the ground every year during the refueling of lawn and garden equipment.

Now that you know some of these shocking statistics, what can you do to make a difference?

Fortunately, thanks to advancements in technology, there are now viable alternatives to gas-powered lawn equipment. Battery-powered outdoor gear delivers the same power and run-time of equivalent gas equipment, and battery-powered options completely eliminate harmful emissions. Importantly, battery-powered gear doesn’t require the mixing and pouring of gasoline, and is quieter, lighter and easier to use than gas models.

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
How your lawn equipment is harming the environment

The good news is that people are making the change from gas to battery-powered equipment. For the first time in 2017, more battery-powered leaf blowers were sold than gas models, according to TraQline. Hopefully, with your help, that trend will continue to grow across all product categories in the future. For more information on battery-powered tools and how you can make a difference when working on your lawn, visit greenworkstools.com.