Sustainability Archives - Bluegrass

Stormwater runoff is serious business.  Rain can wash trash and other contaminants into the sewer systems and waterways, polluting them. If your property has parking lots and structures, the St. Louis Sewer district mandates that you follow best management practices to filter and infiltrate stormwater runoff, mitigating the damage to the environment.   Bioretention areas … Continued


It’s officially summer! Like every year, summer is sure to bring us hot, drought climates. These hot, dry conditions can bring on challenges for your landscape. On one hand your landscape is your business’s first impression. Keeping your lawn and plants looking rejuvenated is important to your business’s reputation. On the other hand, we must … Continued


As a part of the green industry as a landscape services provider, we love techniques that help minimize any negative impact our landscapes have on the environment. If you’ve been following our blog, you know we’ve talked a lot about sustainable landscapes, how they work, why they’re important, and also how you can maintain them. … Continued


When we think of gardens, we typically think of building them from the ground up. But with urban landscapes wiping out a good portion of available green space in cities, gardens are starting to gain heat from the top down. Though the concept of rooftop gardens might seem nontraditional, they’ve been around for several generations. … Continued


Spring is in full swing. As the year flies by the days are becoming longer and the temperatures are beginning to rise. As the temperatures begin to rise our water consumption follows suit, though the majority of it will be seeing our lawns, gardens and landscapes. It’s easy to spring into panic mode, rushing for … Continued


To ensure your bio retention areas are being maintained properly, annual reports for bio retention and bio detention areas are required to be submitted to MSD (Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District) for all commercial and residential homeowner association maintained facilities. These are to be done throughout the year to make sure they are working correctly. … Continued


In previous posts, we’ve talked about what a bioretention is, how they work and why they’re important. But just like everything else in life, they need to be maintained in order to be able to serve their purpose and function properly. Every bioretention site that has been approved by Metropolitan Sewer District will have a Maintenance … Continued


Designing your landscape means giving character to your property. From mulch to seasonal flower beds, we are always finding ways to dress up our terraces while adding functionality. Though it’s a simple concept that’s often overlooked, retaining walls are practical pieces that help improve the usefulness, productivity and aesthetics of any property. Here, we dive in … Continued


  A bioretention is flexible by design with a plethora of opportunities for the designer to get creative. The stormwater best management practices (BMP) can be achieved in several different ways and located in many different greenscape areas on a property. Therefore, there is a process of planning to consider in the bioretention plant selection … Continued


Urban areas are one of the most ideal places for better stormwater management practices. Loaded with impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, median strips, islands and more, commercial landscapes become a highway for deposited pollutants to runoff the lot bombarding surrounding soils with contaminates. These contaminates – such as heavy metals, oils, sediment, and even … Continued