Landscaping and Grounds ManagementYour agency can green your landscaping and grounds management practices effectively and save money by using compost, native plants, integrated pest management strategies and biolubricants in outdoor equipment.
CompostCompost supplies important nutrients to plants, protecting and enhancing your investment in landscape plantings. Compost use in landscapes and roadways reduces pest problems since compost supports beneficial soil microbes that recycle nutrients and protect plants from disease. Compost use can help lower government costs in several ways:
Read Ecology's Compost product fact sheet for more information.
Native PlantsYour agency can reduce landscape management costs by installing native plants which can:
Read Ecology's Native Plant product fact sheet for more information.
Integrated Pest ManagementIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) programs for buildings and landscapes lead to significantly reduced pesticide purchases. Pesticides are defined as insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
All state agencies that have pest control responsibilities are required to implement IPM practices in RCW 17.15, Integrated Pest Management.
According to the EPA, preliminary assessments indicate that long-term costs of IPM programs may be less than a conventional pest control program that relies solely on the use of pesticides, although labor costs may be higher.
IPM services are not available on state contract, however, many agencies use IPM strategies. One example is the Department of Ecology's Integrated Pest Management Plan for its Lacey headquarters building. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the IPM Plan. Ecology was one of the first buildings in Washington State to earn the Salmon Safe certification, based partly on its use of IPM strategies.
Read Ecology's IPM for Buildings and IPM for Grounds product fact sheets for more information.
Biolubricants For Outdoor EquipmentMany agencies are switching from petroleum-based lubricants to bio-based lubricants for equipment such as two-stroke engines, chainsaws, cables, dust suppressants and marine lubricants. Biolubes are manufactured from a variety of vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, canola, sunflower, soybean, palm and coconut oils.
Biolubricants cost less over the product's life-cycle due to lower maintenance, storage and disposal requirements. Check state contract 02411 for recent additions in this category.
Read Ecology's Biolubricants product fact sheet for more information.
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