Our Organic Sustainable Landscape Program utilizes a holistic approach that encourages the natural systems and growth patterns in the environment. This is done through careful scientific methodology and is centered around 7 main components:
- Soil Management
Building and maintaining the soil in a manner specific to the current and desired ecosystem.
Requires proper soil testing & analysis. A process based approach involving managing
bacteria, fungi, microbes, and roots organically.
- Nutrient Cycling
Building a closed loop system. Nutrients are reintroduced to the soil by recycling the valuable
resources generated from the landscape through specialized methods of composting
- Plant Selection and Placement
Placing the proper plant in the proper place facilitates long-term success
- Pest and Disease Control
Non Toxic. Focusing on early identification and knowledge of life cycles.
- Irrigation Management
Focusing on water conservation
- Proper Planting Techniques
Focusing on the needs of each individual plant as well as the system as a whole.
- Proper Pruning Techniques
Promoting the natural growth habit of the plant
This is a process based, as opposed to product based, approach to managing the landscape. The foundation of this process lies in collecting the appropriate data and using this information to maintain and improve the natural balance of the landscape environment. It is extremely important to identify the individual characteristics and needs of each project in order to fulfill the performance requirements of the landscape. For example, a university campus or a public park, has a completely different performance requirement than a private or agricultural land. This desired outcome, along with the data collected in regards to plant palette, soil characteristics, macro, micro environments, and maintenance resources of the client is what F2 Environmental Design utilizes to make it's remedial recommendations.
Proper soil management and composting are at the core of this approach. Soils and compost are tested regularly in-house and sent out to independent labs for chemical, biological, and textural analysis. Liquid biological amendments (LBA) often referred to "compost tea" is one of many tools that may be useful in making biological adjustment, depending upon the particular diagnosis and need. When utilized the quality and the characteristics of the LBA must be verified with a microscope by a qualified technician. LBA are only as good as the compost utilized for infusion. It should not be confused with fertilizers. When appropriate LBA are utilized to balance microbial activity and diversity in the soil improve nutrient availability and disease suppression.