Green Sector Directory

(Formerly just the Resource List.)

Here are some resources we’ve assembled to get you on your way to a greener yard and less flood-prone city. The Urban Conservancy is providing this on an informational basis only. Green Sector Professionals on our Resource List all have a proven track record and are licensed and insured.

Property owners should engage in the necessary due diligence before entering into any contractual relationship with vendors or service providers. If you ever have any questions, run into difficulties, or need help finding a service provider, call us at (504) 717-6187 or email and we will be happy to help.

New to stormwater management?

Check out this wonderful DIY guide, The Joy of Water to get you started.
It takes you through vocabulary, site assessment tips, and DIY stormwater projects you can do at home.

1. Concrete Demo & Removal

EcoUrban Landscaping
Green Way Inc. : 504-469-4424,
Rue Contractors (Mike Richard): 504-723-9072

When You Remove Concrete: You or your contractor will dial LA One Call and 811 to identify underground utilities before you dig.

2. Engineering Firms

Building & Earth– Scott Smith, P.E. – Branch Manager

“Our goal is to provide a one-stop shop for your storm water detention needs.  We provide quality work at an affordable price and strive to get your storm water detention requirements performed correctly the first time in a timely and affordable manner.” (504) 471-9994

3. Green Infrastructure + Landscaping

Landscape Architects
Evans+Lighter – Design, build: concrete removal, Green infrastructure/landscaping, TrueGrid
DesignJones LLC– design only


Breeden Landscaping- breedenlandscaping@gmail.com504-352 3990  
Landscape, Maintenance, True Grid
EcoUrban Landscaping– concrete removal, Green infrastructure/landscaping, TrueGrid
Greenman Dan – concrete removal,Green infrastructure/landscaping, TrueGrid
Royalty Horticulture– 409-877-3342,
Certified arborist, landscaping, pesticide application

For Large Scale Residential and Commercial Projects
Garden Environments, Inc.  (504) 475-5809,
-Concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid

Rain Garden Packages

Greenman Dan is now providing Rain Garden Packages! Choose from DIY or professional install. For DIY: All materials and instructions are included and delivered to your home.

4. Native Plants

Native plants are an important part of green infrastructure. They absorb more water and take less maintenance than non-natives and are built to thrive in our climate and have high tolerance for both wet and dry conditions.

Breeden Plants: Or 504-352-3990
“Your local source for Native Plants. We have a large selection of hard to find native plants, and years of experience with proven varieties. We have great varieties of New Orleans cultural plants as well. We ship to the door. ”

Louisiana Growers– Look for them at Spring and Fall garden shows!

Almost Eden– Louisiana native plants for purchase online – and they ship!

Native Plant Resource-Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Tips for growing the Louisiana Iris– A great site for in-depth information. See also: Identifying Iris impostors 

5. Permeable Pavement

An alternative to traditional concrete that lets water soak through it and back into the ground.

True Grid:
Quality Sitework Materials– certified TrueGrid distributor
TJ Truxillo, Business Development
W:855-469-2015 C:985-859-9681

GftK Mortar– permeable grout- for use with permeable or traditional pavers

Nic Stover, Milestone Imports Inc.

Pavestone (note: must order more than 2000 square feet)

For more info: David Nelson
Cell # 504-701-5853 | Office # 985-882-9111
Address: 29095 Krentel Road
Lacombe, La 70445.

If you’re interested in installing permeable pavers, please notify us and we’ll guide you through the process.  504-717-6187 or 

6.Project Management/General Contractors/Architects

Ana M Batista Borden, Architect LLC : Exterior and interior building design; overall site design; facade updates, including incorporating the surrounding landscape and context and relationship; exterior design elements including: fencing, signage, lighting, parking and garden bed layout, awnings/overhangs, etc.; coordination with other consultants

Sweeney Restoration: Comprehensive projects that include demo, excavation, forming, pervious concrete pouring, exterior masonry work, exterior wood work, new structure builds (sheds, patios, pergolas, porches), home additions etc.

7. Soil Conditioning

A couple of local companies can provide you with composted and other materials that will provide you with optimal planting conditions. Check out these innovative local businesses:
Grounds to Ground is a New Orleans start-up that creates a natural pest repellent and soil conditioner made from recycled coffee waste.
Laughing Buddha Nursery has bulk soil, mulch, compost, and so much more to keep your yard happy.

Next Steps

Catch Basin Cleanup

UC Catch Basin Cleanup Tips

Check your drains and see if they are blocked with leaves and other debris. Go ahead and clean them out yourself, or gather your neighbors or Neighborhood Association to set up a storm drain cleaning event. You’d be surprised how easy it is, and how much cleaning out one drain helps!


Your new landscaping is installed and looking beautiful. Keep it that way and help grow our skilled landscape maintenance workforce by hiring someone to maintain your new green infrastructure.

Groundwork New Orleans, a nonprofit that provides training in water-wise landscape installation and maintenance to high school students. Hire Groundwork to provide semi-monthly maintenance and by doing so, know you’re creating jobs for young New Orleanians.

Breeden Landscaping- breedenlandscaping@gmail.com504-352-3990
“Proper Landscape Maintenance requires an extensive knowledge of plant materials and the horticultural practices that ensure the landscape’s full potential. We are experienced in native plant, cultural plant(Gardenias, Jasmine, Camellias, Azaleas, etc.), and rain garden maintenance. Offering affordable monthly maintenance plans that include organic fertilizer.”

Spread the Word

Call us at (504) 717-6187 or email to request door hangers with information about FYI to share with your friends and neighbors.

Parks and Parkways User Guides: P&P Tree Permitting Pamphlet  | Design Standards for Plantings on Public Green Space | Choosing An Appropriate Tree


Other Links 
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative


Managing Water in New Orleans- from Dana Brown & Associates
The Bowl- How New Orleans Became a “Bowl”