Did you know that commercial landscaping construction can help North Carolina investors reduce the environmental impact of their businesses in a significant manner? It’s true, especially when it comes to keeping parking lot runoff from contaminating the soil and nearby bodies of water. If done correctly, it can help minimize flooding, replenish the area’s aquifer, increase supplemental water stores and reduce erosion. So, what is the correct way? As expected, the answer varies based on the commercial property. However, what we can tell you upfront is that there are many techniques landscapers can use to help.
For instance, bioretention areas and swales are very popular with downtown business districts, strip malls and major shopping center developers. They are favored for their effectiveness and appearance as are stormwater planters and tree box filters. That’s because they can be built with decorative elements and filled with native vegetation that is attractive to customers. Examples include small, deciduous trees like Devil’s walking stick eastern redbuds, paw paws, serviceberries, Carolina silverbells and flowering dogwoods.
The same business developers also tend to favor the use of vegetated filter strips, level spreaders, infiltration trenches and basins because they help to filter and move water away from paved areas rather quickly. Plus, in some situations, the diverted water can be stored and used for future irrigation, stormwater ponds or commercial cleaning tasks. If stormwater ponds are used, keep in mind that they can be improved as well. For instance, it is possible to add floating mats to the pond that have been covered with wetland plants. The wetland plants add pops of color to a commercial space as well as help keep the pond water healthy. To find out more about using commercial landscape construction techniques to improve North Carolina’s environment, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping today.