Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Is a local landscaper attempting to change the landscape industry by cutting grass with no gas? That is what EarthFriendly Landscapes mission is “to save the planet one yard at time” through their non-polluting practices. Innovations in green technology are becoming quite exciting, and responsible choices have grown more crucial to the health of Charleston’s environment. It’s time for residents to consider a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional landscaping.
EarthFriendly Landscapes offers commercial and residential Charleston-area customers the greenest in landscape services. They use zero-emissions equipment, offer organic treatment programs, native plant designs, rainwater collection for irrigation systems, greenhouses, hydroponics and more. “We set out to prove one thing, you can professionally maintain your landscape without the need for fossil fuels or chemicals... and could locally reduce our air pollution by five to eight percent if all landscapers did what we do” Gough says.
With housing development shifting toward and more sustainable building practices, green communities such as Oak Terrace Preserve of North Charleston have signed on and been enjoying Earthfriendly services for more than two years, dramatically reducing their carbon footprint. “It’s so nice not to have those loud gas blowers running for hours on end” one resident mentions.
Gough also designs and builds his own professional-grade, zero-emissions equipment. His next goal includes producing his own biodiesel from WVO (waste vegetable oil), completely eliminating their reliance on fossil fuels. Currently they purchase biodiesel from Fox off Montugue Ave in North Charleston. Also, all of their equipment is recharged using solar energy. “Our goal to create a truly self-sustaining landscape company is almost complete “ Gough says.
Businesses like EarthFriendly Landscapes offer an optimistic, forward-thinking vision of the Charleston area’s growth and development. With innovators like Gough, the outlook is certainly greener for the city’s future.
Justin Gough started EarthFriendly Landscapes because of his commitment to reducing emissions, pollution and consumption of fossil fuels. By promoting and educating the public about eco-friendly landscaping practices, EarthFriendly Landscapes is helping to spread those practices to other landscaping companies. They aim to assist the Charleston area at large by providing a zero-emissions service, reducing their carbon footprint through responsible and sustainable practices and changing the way people think about professional lawn maintenance. Learn more about EarthFriendly Landscapes at www.earthfriendlysc.com.