To be in the landscaping business, you’ve got to have a passion for what’s green and growing. That’s why it’s so important to us to be responsible stewards of our resources and environment. How do we practice sustainable landscaping and what does that mean? Sustainable landscaping is defined by a wide variety of landscaping practices that focus on recycling, reusing and respecting the environment while providing beautiful landscapes. Top Care has proudly been a regional leader in sustainable landscaping practices and we are always looking for new, innovative ways to serve customers while valuing our environment.
Sustainable landscaping practices should be a balance of creating beautiful environments that require minimal resources including gasoline, fertilizers, pesticides and the use of human resources including time.
Top Care is the proud recipient of the Missouri Propane CLEAN Award
“We are honored to be receiving this important award, as we take great pride in being responsible stewards of our resources and environment,” said Rusty White, Chief Operating Officer of Top Care, Inc. “Top Care has proudly been a regional leader in sustainable landscaping practices, and we are always looking for new, innovative ways to serve customers while valuing our environment.”
The commercial landscaping business requires heavy-duty equipment and vehicles to get the job done right. These machines need fuel to operate. We utilize propane gas for our mowers, which is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as a clean alternative fuel. Propane generates fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than other fuels and emits a lower carbon footprint. In addition, we are very calculated when operating our large motor vehicles to ensure we use the lowest amounts of fuel when scheduling work routes.
Compost and Mulch
As you can imagine, as one of the largest commercial landscaping companies in the Midwest, we remove tons of branches, leaves, flowers, tree trunks, roots and grass clippings each week. We are proud to recycle and reuse these materials, which are treated and turned into compost and mulch for future use.
Choosing plants that thrive and adapt to the local environment require fewer resources, such as lighting, moisture, temperature, pesticides, etc. This calculated approach to plant selection reduces plant stress, increases the strength against pest damage, and promotes the health and longevity of plant life.
Water conservation is an essential component to landscape sustainability. Choosing proper irrigation heads and materials, installing plants in appropriate locations and timing irrigation systems for maximizing efficiency are essential to good practices.
“I think you all have done an absolutely wonderful job considering the circumstances. Our campuses are in much better shape than the city streets getting to and fro. Thank you, kudos and keep warm.”
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