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 email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
Workshop Links: FYI Design Workshop | FYI Toolkit | Recommended Plant List
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. Conditions Assessment
Hire a licensed landscape architecture firm that specializes in stormwater management to help you better understand the flow of water on your site.
Dana Brown & Associates
For $250 receive a site assessment and a print out of your site specific plan.
Please fill out this form to start the process.
Check out her 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 rain gardens. 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 manner.” spsmith@BuildingAndEarth.com (504) 471-9994
3. Concrete Demo & Removal
Green Way Inc. : 504-469-4424, email@example.com
Lakeview Demolition : 504-329-0640
Rue Contractors (Mike Richard): 504-723-9072
When You Remove Concrete: You or your contractor will dial LA One Call and 311 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ”
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: email@example.com
Breeden Landscaping- firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-352 3990
Landscape, Maintenance, True Grid
“We are an organic, sustainable full-service property management and landscape company. No job too small. We specialize in sourcing hard to find native, cultural and xeriscape varieties that work in the modern garden both aesthetically and horticulturally.”
EcoUrban Landscaping– concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid
Greenman Dan – concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid
Royalty Horticulture– 409-877-3342, email@example.com
Certified arborist, landscaping, pesticide application, OT
For Large Scale Residential and Commercial Projects
Garden Environments, Inc. (504) 475-5809, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Concrete removal, landscaping, TrueGrid
6. Permeable Pavement
An alternative to traditional concrete that lets water soak through it and back into the ground.
Quality Sitework Materials– certified TrueGrid distributor
TJ Truxillo, Business Development email@example.com
- 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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- email@example.com, 504-352-3990
“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.”
10. Spread the Word
Call us at (504) 717-6187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request door hangers with information about FYI to share with your friends and neighbors.
FYI Design Workshop Presentation
Recommended Plant List
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative
Front Yard Ambassadors Program – San Francisco, CA
Depave – Portland, OR
Managing Water in New Orleans- from Dana Brown & Associates
The Bowl- How New Orleans Became a “Bowl”