VISTAS LANDSCAPING: OUR EFFORTS WORKING TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY
Well designed landscaping, including New Vistas Plans, worked with
1. Plant trees
to shade decks, patios, etc. for comfort and energy savings.
live screens to block unwanted views and cut down on wind for
3. Plant trees and shrubs to help our environment as they produce
oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
4. Select trees, shrubs and flowering perennials for gardens that
attract birds and butterflies.
5. Develop water gardens to attract bull frogs, tree frogs, and
6. Grow flowers to provide nectar for bees and food for other
7. Plant flowers because they bring joy to our eyes and fragrance
to our sense of smell.
Well designed landscaping, including New Vistas plans, works with
“caretakers of this earth”, we can provide
environments right in our own backyards for co-existing with the
other living creatures around us.
2. Research shows that flowers,
through their color and fragrance, change
the chemical and emotional responses
in humans. Our continuously blooming gardens can bring joy to
your soul as well as your eye.
3. Native plants (plants that
originally grew in a specific area and were not brought in from
somewhere else) have a better chance of surviving
without additional water from irrigation systems, after
they are established for 2 growing seasons. ***While we can design
a totally native planting for clients, we often design with a
mixture, trying to be careful not to
use invasive plants, especially next to a natural area.
grouping plants in the landscape by their water
requirements, is done by New Vistas as we design differently
for irrigated areas, un-irrigated locations, low lying wet areas,
or dry slopes, so that clients can more easily care for their
5. Avoiding the use of chemicals
begins for New Vistas in our planting plans, where we try to use
plants that are not frequently attacked by insects
or diseases, requiring spray treatments. If there are plants that
seem to be vulnerable to problems that are needed to complete
the design, we recommend preventative
treatments to avoid having to use other sprays throughout
the season as much as possible. There are times when we find it
helpful to use insecticides or fungicides to prevent a plant from
being overtaken by insects or diseases. When
using chemicals we try to use the safest (for people,
pets, and the environment) of the available alternatives that
actually “do the job”.
6. Reducing the “footprint”
or amount of intervention that new landscaping causes.
Working with the existing terrain,
rather than altering it if at all possible is something New Vistas
has always attempted to do.
……b. Our designs work at keeping
all storm/surface water on the same property, not draining
……c. Limiting synthetic fertilizer
use is done by New Vistas by bringing onto the site
a composted form of horse manure to help improve the soil for
the Future: Limiting the use of resources is done by New Vistas
in the following ways:
water resources includes our recommendation to clients
to water more deeply, less often.
resources are brought in from other sites, or removed
from the work site, saving energy.
3. If existing plants can
be kept where they are or
moved on site, we consider this before removing plants.
If a client has unwanted, healthy plants, we encourage the client
to have them dug carefully to give away, or to use for donating
to jobs that are non-profit, etc. as needed.
4. Trimmings or unwanted plant materials
that are not in good condition are planned to be recycled
on site if the client has a place for them. Otherwise
we encourage taking them to a natural materials recycling
company where they are composted and/or shredded for
5. New Vistas also encourages salvaging
unwanted hard materials removed from a work site, mainly
to be donated to jobs with non-profit organizations.
6. New hard materials use:
…… a. At New Vistas we recommend the use of an edging
material to keep grass from creeping into beds and increasing
upkeep. There is a wide variety of materials available. Clients
can choose to use natural stone as an option that can always be
moved and reused by future property owners.
…… b. The weed barrier
question is often discussed. While the processing and the disposing
of the material down the road are not sustainable in practice,
the barrier does cut down on weed removal and especially on the
use of chemical herbicides. Each client can make their own choice.
…… c. Stone mulches
come out of quarries as a natural resource, but they last longer
and can be cleaned and reused. Cypress
mulch comes from trees in the southern part of the
US, but there are no chemicals put into it. The colored
mulches are often made from recycled pallets, often
colored, and sometimes treated with fungicides to discourage deterioration.
When clients want colored mulch, we try to provide products where
the dyes are safe for people and the environment. There are many
things to consider.
Vistas Business Operation:
policy of fixing up and reusing touches every facet of our business
from our vehicle, office furniture and paper products. It’s
one of the ways we can cut down on waste and the use of resources.
We reuse our mulch bags, as well as our plastic poly house winter
cover. We encourage our clients to reuse or recycle the pots their
plants arrive in. Our office recycles magazines, cardboard, ink
cartridges, etc. While we continue to
try and do our part, there is always more that we can strive for.
are invited to share with us in this journey toward sustainability,
learning from each other, and improving our environment in the
Vistas Landscaping: “Small enough to get to know you, Experienced
enough to design for your needs.”