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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
1. Conditions Assessment
For $100, hire a licensed landscape architecture firm that specializes in storm water management to recommend features to install and where based on current soil and drainage conditions on your lot.
Dana Brown & Associates, email@example.com Check out her great book, Using Plants for Stormwater Management
Other Assessment opportunities:
Groundwork New Orleans: A nonprofit available to businesses, residents, and neighborhoods for consultation and installation services, providing site specific advice; advice plus project management; advice and an installation kit; or total installation of raingardens. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 manor.” spsmith@BuildingAndEarth.com (504)-471-9994
3. Concrete Demo & Removal
You’ve got your assessment and you feel ready to tackle the landscaping yourself, but want to outsource the concrete demo and removal. There are a number of licensed contractors who will remove your concrete for a per square foot rate, which will vary on the amount and type of impermeable surfacing you wish to remove. Ask the company what they do with the concrete that is removed; it’s best if they have plans to recycle it. As we identify affordable providers we will add them here.
Rue Contractors (Mike Richard): 504-723-9072
Concrete Doctor:(985) 718-6797, email@example.com
When You Remove Concrete
You or your contractor will dial LA One Call to identify underground utilities before you dig. The Urban Conservancy strongly advises you to also get information from the S&WB Engineering Department about underground waterlines on your property. If you have trouble getting that information from the S&WB, contact the UC and we will assist.
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.
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
DesignJones LLC– design only
Asakura Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
EcoUrban Landscaping– concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid
Erik Arnold Landscaping Services – (504) 481-3676, email@example.com –concrete removal, landscaping
Greenman Dan – concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid
6. Permeable Pavement
An alternative to traditional concrete that lets water soak through it and back into the ground. TRUEGRID Pavers
Quality Sitework Materials– certified TRUEGRID distributor
TJ Truxillo, Business Development firstname.lastname@example.org
By going through TJ you receive a discount on TrueGrid, support, and installation supervision. Mention the FYI program!
Check out the parking lot at Parkway Bakery and Tavern for a local example of implementation!
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.
8. Catch Basin Cleanup
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 nonprofit 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.
10. Spread the Word
Call us at 717-6187 or email email@example.com to request door hangers with information about FYI to share with your friends and neighbors.
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative
Article 23 Compliance
Front Yard Ambassadors Program – San Francisco, CA
Depave – Portland, OR
EPA – Stormwater Management
EPA – Green Infrastructure
Managing Water in New Orleans- from Dana Brown & Associates
The Bowl- How New Orleans Became a “Bowl”