Best Practices Landscapers Follow To Protect Our Earth
All businesses (as well as individuals) have a daily impact on the world around them in some way. Those of us who are aware of our impact, take steps to reduce any negative impact on the environment as best we can. In the world of landscaping, sustainability is even more top of mind.
Sustainable landscaping practices not only reduce our carbon footprint but also have a direct impact on the local environment around us.
That’s why Nanak’s Landscaping has developed a well thought-out and researched plan to both contribute positively to the environment as well as reduce any negative impact.
Overview of Nanak’s Sustainable Landscaping Manifesto:
Sustainable Landscaping starts with good design. Good landscaping design is subjective and hinges upon the climate, space limitations and goals, of course. An experienced landscaping team will also develop a plan that works hand in hand with sustainability objectives that benefit the world around your business.
- Plant selection matters.It’s always best practices to choose native and adapted plant species. They will be resilient in their natural environment which will improve aesthetics but even more important these native plants will be more resistant to most diseases and require less watering. Water usage is especially important in times of drought or water shortage, but water conservation should be a top of mind consideration even outside of those periods.
- Plant grouping impacts water requirements. Of course, aesthetics are a key objective for plant grouping, but proper placement will allow plants to thrive again with more efficient
useof the precious resource – water.
Best practices are only effective with a solid plan for maintenance. Sustainable landscaping should be baked into the long-term maintenance plan as well.
- Arbor care with a purpose wins the game
. Strategicpruning can improve the tree’s health, reduce the risk of failure, control growth, and enhance fruiting, in addition to keeping up good appearances. Proper timing is essential, making sure to avoid waiting until the point of overgrowth and understanding the unique needs of the unique tree.
- Fertilizing with a purpose.Fertilizing is not just about the right chemicals, must be mindful of application. Sustainable landscaping will use testing mechanisms to, first, determine that fertilization is necessary then follow the best practices and regulations in place to ensure the environment is protected.
- Mowing best practices for the Florida lawn. Mowing, done the right way, increases turf density, root health as well as reducing the appearance of weeds. When the density of the turf is optimal, it will stymie stormwater runoff. Maintaining a healthy root system ensures that water and nutrients are absorbed and not wasted. The result is fewer turf weeds which translates into less herbicides.
Special Consideration for Florida’s Water In Florida, and most everywhere, special care must be given to the water table. The protection of water resources is enhanced through sustainable landscaping practices that couple technology with regulation to protect water resources where pesticides and nutrients enter groundwater and surface water. In fact, the state government of Florida is currently pushing for tighter
Nanak’s Landscaping is South Florida’s largest independent full-service grounds maintenance company serving Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Nanak’s Landscaping is dedicated to providing the highest quality lawn and landscape services in South Florida with a focus on commercial properties and residential communities, while at the same time ensuring that sustainable landscaping practices are also our priority.
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Our ISA-Certified Arborists® are TRAQ Certified. What does that mean for you?
ISA Certified Arborists® are required to be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. They have three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.
Additionally, TRAQ promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
We are proud to offer the services of an ISA-certified Arborist to our South Florida commercial real estate clients. We service office, industrial, retail, Homeowners Associations, and golf courses.
We are equipped to assist.
Nanak’s Landscaping employs two full-time arbor care crews each equipped with 60’-reach bucket lifts, a 24-cubic yard dump truck and chipper.
We offer more than pruning.
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Nanak’s achieved an industry milestone by ranking on LM150.
Landscape Management released their list of largest landscape management companies across the country. Nanak’s Landscape is proud to have made the list with the big boys! read more →
HAPPY NEW YEAR! ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GETTING IN SHAPE? WE SURE ARE!
While much of the world is thinking about getting in shape as a New Year’s resolution, in landscape it takes on a different meaning.
Did you know that January and February are the best time to prune trees in South Florida? This is the dormant period in the tree’s growth cycle. Therefore, it’s less stressful and the best time for pruning. Because trees do not have to multi-task and split energy between healing and growing, you’ll have more lush and vibrant foliage.
Kevin Hunt Recognized For Industry Contributions
We are pleased to announce that Associate General Manager, Kevin Hunt, was honored at the BOMA Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beaches (BOMA FTLPB) TOBY® Awards Gala on Friday night, November 10th, 2017 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.
With more than 300 industry professional-members, Kevin was recognized as The Associate Member of the Year for his continuous contributions to the industry and the association. read more →
The Latest Fungus Among Us
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension recently issued a white paper identifying the latest fungus among us that are causing concern.
We were pleased to receive the following note from one of our clients: read more →
Kevin Hunt Appointed as Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida Vice President
Congratulations to Kevin Hunt on being named Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida’s Vice President (Broward Chapter).
Established in 1983, the objective of the Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida (LIAF) has been to set standards for its professional members and provide education to the public involved in the industry. read more →
Mother Nature & The Price of Petunias
What does the price of petunias have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, nothing but Petunia pricing, like other plant material pricing, is related to the housing market recovery. While the market recovery is positive, the downside is that it’s at the root in the rise of plant pricing whether you are purchasing for your commercial project or residential landscape So, what’s the scoop? Let us explain. read more →