Boulder, Colorado-based participated in a panel on green initiatives in the landscaping industry. Hosted by the , Boulder, Colorado, the panel explored how people in the community could use green landscaping techniques to create more sustainable environments.
Scott Natter, general manager at LID Landscapes, spoke to a crowd of 25 architects, builders, material suppliers, gardeners and homeowners about green initiatives in the landscaping industry. Natter focused on effective landscape practices that help limit the impact on the surrounding environment through the reuse of natural resources, the limitation of harmful chemicals on the site and the innovation of new technologies.
Natter stated that while there are some organic herbicides on the market, their effectiveness is limited. “The most effective organic method of weed control is manual weeding,” he said. “The larger complication is the training of the general public of the fact that there is an acceptable level of weed growth in the landscape when it comes to a truly organic service.”
While zero tolerance in a landscape is almost achievable, the time, effort, and money involved is often higher than most people realize or want to invest, according to Netter.
“To destroy all weeds requires an enormous amount of human and machine energy, and those efforts create a disproportional amount of carbon emissions,” Natter said. He explained that people can use techniques to naturally control weeds, such as fertilizing lawns to create a denser blade growth which limits the germination of weed seeds in the lawn.
Natter also explained that LID Landscapes recycles yard waste materials from job sites, such as soil, sod, grass clippings and twigs, which is then used as an organic mulch on residential and commercial sites. LID also crushes old concrete and flagstone scraps into reusable subbase materials which are used under hardscapes such as driveways, patios and walks.
Natter said “in all of our projects, we consider the existing plant and natural materials and figure out how we can use them most effectively in the creation of a beautiful new landscape.”