Haynes Landscape Management knows the environment is important to all of us. We strive to make sure we protect it. We use only top level professional equipment that meets all standards of safety and the environment.
• Mulching mowers are used alleviating most bagging and any clippings that are picked up are all recycled, which reduces solid waste disposal.
• All of our large mowing equipment has EFI (Electronic Fuel Injected) engines. These machines are more expensive initially, however the increased fuel efficiency and the cleanliness of the exhaust, makes the additional expense a good environmental decision. We have now gone to a mulching deck, which not only reduces clipping, it also prevents debris from being discharged from the deck mower.
• Maintenance routes for trucks are carefully planned to reduce fossil fuel usage.
• When using the backpack blowers all debris is blown back into the landscape and not onto roadways or into storm sewers.
Haynes Landscape and Maintenance, Inc. continually works to reduce the use of potable water for landscaping purposes. A monthly irrigation system inspection is performed and recommendations are made which will assist our clients in reducing water usage. Many changes have been made sense the drought started in 2008. Not only with products but adopting better ways to water are now being understood by most. We believe in a “Soaking” method approach to watering. Not a “turn it on for 15 minutes and be done. It is true usually 15-21 minutes is needed with a typical spray type sprinkler head. But not all at once. We use less minutes with multiple start times allowing the water to soak in before repeating another cycle. We are working hard to recommend the best possible ways to water less and still protect the investment and integrity of the landscape.
We realize that the past and still current history of landscapes in the Dallas area are really not fitting for best sustainable practices. Especially with our water restrictions we have had sense 2013 we can no longer use the same plants nor water the way we once did. We have been forced really to learn how to think with a more sustainable mind set. Really not new information. Just standards we did not think about before when we could really water the way we wanted to. Which really wasn’t the correct way anyways. The drought and restrictions really have been a good thing for us and taught us that we use way too much water. We will guide you along with this in mind.
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is used in the areas of Insect and Disease control. We monitor the activity of any insect or disease until certain thresholds are met. In the event that these thresholds are met and there is a need to treat chemically, we only use low dose, low environmental impact chemicals.
• We use certain organic compounds when possible, such as citric byproducts for insect control.
• For weed control, we also use the low dose, low environmental impact chemicals for post emerged weeds. *For pre-emerged weed control we use low dose as well as products that have a very low solubility. The low solubility prevents the product from moving in the soil. It attaches to the soil particles on the surface so that it does not run off or leach through the soil profile.
• For fertilizer, we use a slow release fertilizer on split applications throughout the growing season. At times we will have as much as 100% slow release, but always at least 75%. The result of the slow release product is to minimize the amount of inorganic compounds in the soil as well as reduce the top growth of the plants. Reduced top growth makes for a healthier plant, and sends less waste to the landfill.
• A slow-release balanced fertilization plan is followed. Due to ground water concerns our company is constantly researching new fertilization processes, and with the balanced blend, we not only feed for deep green top growth, but also to help develop a deeper and healthier root system. This will help the plants during times of stress , and will also better handle the water rationing imposed by different cities.