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I am in La Porte, IN. I have 2 acres with a greenhouse and am starting a aquaculture system. I have 10 years of Landscape Designa nd Nursery Growing behind me.

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At 10:19am on September 7, 2009, Dianna J. Salzer Marschke said…
Are you using rain barrels or rain water cisterns? Depending on the square footage of your roofs, rain barrels could be all you need for irrigation.
Depending on your lot size 1000 sq.ft. of lawn is a good ratio if you really want lawn. Xeroscape as much as possible and you will use less water, fertilizer and have less maintenance.
The reason I asked the question about the source of your plants is that nursery practices are not part of the evaluation and therefore a hidden source of pollution from the pesticides, herbicides and harmful fertilizers that are added to your soil and water table without you even knowing it. As good as your backfilll may be, the soil brought in with the plants does effect your ecosystem. I have worked at nurseries that dump way too much fertlizer and pesticides on their plants, without a care for the runoff at the nursery or their clients property. I have also seen if effect pond life on clients properties who end up with wildlife, and even fish dying because of the runoff from plantings around water features.
At 9:26am on September 6, 2009, Jack Given said…
Thanks for your response and comments. Frankly, not being a landscaper, I don’t have the answer to your questions. However, I will forward the question to Christine Livingston from Save the Dunes who is our storm water management person and who, with JF NEW, designed the bioswale to handle a part of the storm water run off. It is my understanding that a major part of the success of rain gardens is the use of native plants.

Green, of course, is a gradient concept. Both NAHB and LEED recognize that it is not a “Black or Green” issue and each have various levels of green certification. Landscape, while a part, is one part in the NAHB model that comes under 1 of the 6 major sections; lot design, energy efficiency, water quality, air quality, consumer education. The degree of green has been set by ANSI and is veriied by independent 3rd party inspections. The community itself was evaluated by the ANSI standards for residential developments and qualified, even though it was designed and began several years before the 2008 ANSI standards were published. Obviously, conceived of by a group of environment/ecologically oriented people.

And while I can’t answer for other lots in the community about truck loads of sod, I can answer that my lot has approximately 1000 sq ft of sod; going in on a joint effort with 2 other lots, we will have a combined 4000 sq ft, 1 truck of sod. And while I’ve noticed that some owners in the Village do use power mowers, I also notice that some have employed the manual push mowers to save energy, have exercise and send – to me – a soothing sound of a “clackety-clackety-clack” as opposed to the roar of a 2 cycle power mower engine. (YUK!)

Again, thanks for your comments. As I get the answers, I’ll get back to you.
At 8:25pm on August 30, 2009, Jack Given said…
As a member of Greener Indiana and a NWI resident, I thought you might be interested in the PCBA Green Homes on Parade in the first NAHB Certified Green Community in the country.

Go to www.pcbaonline.com for more information.

While at that site, check out the 2nd Living Green Expo we’re holding in conjunction with IVY TECH this fall. We’re looking for a wide range of representatives from the community for participation.

If you’d like more information or to be involved, e-mail me at jackgiven@comcast.net
At 11:18am on March 23, 2009, A Greener Indiana said…
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