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In 2009, Paramount landscaping decided that their #1 resolutions was to "GO GREEN" Our plan is to develop and implement a number of eco-friendly intiatives, changing our services, daily operations and administrative procedures in order to make them as GREEN as possible!
Paramount will make this an our going venture year after year in order for us the be as green as possible.
Some of our "Go GREEN!" strategies that we have implemented over the years are as follows:
USE, IMPLEMENTATION AND ADVOCATION OF IPM (INTEGRAGED PEST MANAGEMENT) PRACTICES
All of our fertilizer technicians are IPM certified and are trained in the use of the new "organic" weed control products that have been on the market since the Province wide pesticide ban in 2009. IPM takes a holistic and natural approach to lawn care and lessens our environmental impact by eliminating the use of toxic pesticides and harsh chemicals.
USE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TREATED SALT PRODUCTS WITHIN OUR SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Treated salt products feature ice control performance superior to traditional rock salt as they are active at lower temperatures and less corrosive, thus reducing overall environmental damage to your property. The liquid spray procedure is a more accurate delivery system ensuring material is localized to your driveways and parking lot surfaces only, not your nearby grass and plants.
SMART ABOUT SALT COUNCIL CERTIFICATION OF BOTH COMPANY PRACTICES AND OPERATOR TRAINING
The Smart About Salt Council is an advocate of improving contractor salt use during winter season ice and snow management procedures. Proper training, handling, storage and application of salt helps eliminated wasteful salt application and reduces the amount of chlorides being thrown into the environment, reducing the impact we have on our natural water sources.
USE OF ORGANIC FERTILIZERS AND NATURAL LAWN CARE PROGRAMS TO ELIMINATE THE USE OF TOXIC PESTICIDES
As most of you probably already know, pesticide use has been banned not only within the Burlington and Oakville Regions, but also by the Province of Ontario as of April 2009. Paramount Landscaping fully supports this recent ban and now offers its clients a GREEN alternative to the use of toxic chemical pesticides. Our Healthy Turf program utilizes a combination back-to-basic services with innovative and cutting-edge products that optimizes the growth conditions of your lawn. We use 100% organic materials and fertilizers, eliminating the need for over-powering synthetic fertilizers.
ECOSALT AND LIQUID SALT/DE-ICING PROCEDURES WITHIN OUR SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Both of these de-icing products feature ice control performance superior to traditional rock salt as they are active at lower temperatures and less corrosive, thus reducing overall environmental damage to your property. The liquid spray procedure is a more accurate delivery system ensuring material is localized to your driveways and parking lot surfaces only, not your nearby grass and plants.
OPTIMIZING PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND LAWN CARE ROUTE SCHEDULES TO MINIMIZE VEHICLE EMISSIONS
Truck routes will be organized to cover local zones, clustering nearby clients together each day reducing drive times, idling, and the overall emissions produced by our fleet. To entice our customers, we will be giving 10% discounts to clients on the same street, and 5% discounts to clients within 1 km of each other.
E-BILLING AND E-NEWSLETTERS REDUCING ADMINISTRATIVE WASTES
Every year and each month, vast amounts of paper wastes are created via bills, invoices and communique's, as well as the stamps and envelops used by snail mail. We ask each of our clients to sign up for e-billing and e-newsletters to aid us in reducing Paramount's contribution to administrative waste. For every client that signs up, Paramount Landscaping in partnership with Tree Canada will plant a tree in your name to help minimize your Carbon footprint. If you would like to learn more visit treecanada.ca.
EDUCATING CLIENTS ON ECO-FRIENDLY WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS
Water is the lifeblood of the environment, essential to the survival of all living things – plant, animal and human – and we must do everything possible to maintain its quality for today and the future. Being water conscience can not only be good for the environment, but also good on pocket book and purse strings too. Our newsletters and information booklets contain important information for our customers on proper watering procedures, how to regulate their water usage and any other local initiatives new and old that could be of use to our clients. See this month's newsletter here, or email us for your copy of our customer booklet.
ADVOCATING SMARTER GARDENING PRACTICES
We educate all our gardening clients on the environmental benefits of specific gardening practices, which are broad subjects and include: using native plant choices, tree planting, addition of mulch, etc. Plants that are native to our area are acclimatized to the local environment and weather patterns, are more resilient to the local fluctuations in temperature and require less water and nutrients. More often than not, trees are over-looked and neglected when it comes to designing new landscapes, but environmentally, a trees contribution is unmatched. Installing mulch in our gardens has many benefits, including prevention of erosion and water evaporation. Also, it's aesthetically pleasing and can prevent the growth of weeds.
ENSURING EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLES ARE WELL MAINTAINED MINIMIZING CARBON EMISSIONS
All our fleet trucks follow a strict vehicle service schedule as outlined by our auto-service technician, maintaining optimal engine efficiency and reducing our carbon emission impact. Our lawn care, construction and snow removal equipment is inspected and tuned regularly each season, including regular oil and filter changes and blade sharpening, reducing engine wear and usage.
ADHERING TO THE 3R'S - REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE
All our employee's are educated on the 3 R's so that all refuse picked up from our maintenance sites is properly disposed of and placed into recycling programs where applicable.