At Forever Green we design and install your landscape using practices that benefit the environment and you while improving the beauty and value of your home. It begins with planning your landscape with the environment in mind. Choosing plants that are healthy, hardy and adapted to the conditions in your yard then using proper installation techniques when you plant them. Our staff is experienced, trained, and certified in ways to make your yard beautiful and green because it matters.
A rain garden is a garden that is designed to capture runoff from rain that falls on roofs, driveways or yards. Runoff into your rain garden is caught and allowed to filter into the soil rather than running into streets and storm sewers that dump runoff into streams and rivers reducing pollution and the risk of flooding. More information on rain gardens.
Rain water harvesting
Collect rainwater to use to water your plants in your garden and landscape or even for gray water use in your home. Reducing your water bill and runoff into our rivers and streams. This can be with rain barrels or using above or belowground storage systems. More information on rain water harvesting.
Whether you incorporate them into your landscape, create a prairie, or plant native turf grasses as a lawn there are many advantages to planting natives. Hardy, with deep root systems many natives are typically resistant to many of our disease and insect problems and they require less water and care than other varieties. American beauties Native Plants
Integrated pest management
Is a way to reduce or eliminate the need to treat disease and insect pests by using preventative measures, observation, evaluation, and early treatment. Choosing hardy, resistant plants and planting them so they are as healthy as possible to resist problems. Observing to identify problems early when they can be treated most effectively with the least effort and before they spread to other plants. Evaluate to decide the least toxic, most effective treatment or if treatment is even needed. More on Integrated pest management.
Energy Conservation plantings
Your landscape can reduce your energy usage all year long. Deciduous trees planted on the South and West side of your house will provide shade in the summer and allow the sun to warm it in the winter. Evergreens on the West and North block the winter winds reducing your energy usage in the winter. If you don’t have room for a wind break foundation plantings will help cut the wind force.
Soil quality restoration
Heavy clay or compacted soils reduce the ability of your plants roots to develop and prevents water from soaking into the soil increasing runoff. Deep tiling your yard and adding as little as two inches of quality soil enables the lawn to absorb most rainfalls and reduces your need to water and fertilize. Amending poor soils when you plant helps plants to establish more quickly, increases their health, and vigor giving you more beautiful plants and reducing their susceptibility to other disease and insect problems. More on soil quality restoration