The Landscaping industry creates wonderful expressions of natural beauty that are enjoyed by many. Good landscaping reduces carbon dioxide, cools the air, stabilizes soil and provides habitat for countless animals.
Because we spend our days caring for the built environment, we realize more than most people that the time for positive environmental change is now.
Since 2005, Bland Landscaping, based in Apex, North Carolina, has implemented a variety of environmental and social initiatives to reduce costs to the company, improve the lives of our employees, clients, vendors and reduce waste to the environment.
No organization or individual is perfect or ever will be, but maybe the most important aspect of environmental improvement is the conviction to do something better. Action always speak louder than words. Here are some examples of Bland Landscaping’s actions:
- All diesel trucks and all off-road diesel equipment is fueled with locally produced B20 Bio-diesel.
- All scrap metal from landscape operations and canned beverages is recycled.
- All office paper, blueprints, magazines, cardboard and bottles are recycled.
- We recycle our waste oil, contaminated fuels and other lubricants, and we use a non-petroleum, bio-degradable synthetic mix of oil in most gas operated, hand-held power tools.
- We purchased hybridized 4-mix engines instead of traditional 2 cycle engines when purchasing handheld power tools. These engines generate less noise and fewer hydrocarbons, as well as reducing fuel consumption.
- We installed a 16,000 gallon cistern at our Wake Forest facility to capture rainwater from the 4,000 square foot roof, saving valuable potable water for other uses.
- Our irrigation design, installation and maintenance practices are state-of-the-art and comprehensive. Where applicable, we install Evapotranspiration systems that significantly reduce the amount of water used on a site.
- Bland Landscaping has committed to a business model that includes construction, maintenance and remediation of BMP Storm water systems to help filter and break down pollutants to keep them out of our municipal water supply and to help control flooding.
- We use reclaimed water from municipal water sources to help preserve the limited amount of potable water.
- We voluntarily installed an enclosed wash bay that is connected to a four-chamber grease and particulate trap that diverts the waste water into the sanitary sewer system. This prevents oil, grease and gasoline residue from seeping into our storm water system.
- We have replaced our entire fleet of backpack blowers with new Stihl BR550 blowers that are 40% more efficient in their use of fuel.
- To control insects and diseases, we use a system called Integrated Pest management. We believe that using science and common sense uses less chemicals and does a better job of identifying and solving many pest and disease problems.
- We installed seven programmable thermostats in our Apex location to better manage heating and cooling usage during off hours
- We installed GPS devices on all of our vehicles to cut down on wasted idiling time and give us a tool to make our routes more efficient. This further reduces the need for gas and biodiesel, making our air a little cleaner in the process.
- We’ve purchased three BMW Mini Coopers, which get approximately 39 miles per gallon. More are on the way.
- We recycle all of our green waste that is generated during maintenance operations.
- Our social and community volunteer involvement includes elementary school raised gardens, compost bins and courtyard improvements; middle school and high school expos and mentoring; high school horticulture program involvement; Habitat for Humanity landscaping projects; middle school tree donations; cancer awareness and survivor programs and high school business alliances.