One of the most novel ideas for improving the corporate Green profile is a money saver and seems to have no drawbacks. I know that businesses constantly ask us whether these Green ideas will help our hurt the business operation. When fully embraced, there is hardly a Green or sustainable application that doesn’t have a positive payback.
Think about the cost of mowing a sizable lawn. It looks good when it is newly mowed and weed free, but at what cost? Lawnmowers are said to be produce more CO2 than four cars. The manpower, energy consumption, and related costs make large lawns a costly extravagance. Campus sized complexes are a larger-than-necessary expense that may not be the best landscaping choice.
New attitudes toward large lawns include the thoughtful conversion of the property to flowering fields. When does with modest planning, the property is even more enjoyable than large plots of mowed grass. Employees enjoy sitting beside these areas as butterflies swarm the area. Flowering fields are literally a restoration of what field what America was like before urbanization.
As fields replace lawns in part, the cost of mowing goes down, and enjoyment goes up. Why not? Flowering fields is another example of doing the right thing in a manner that has no real downside. It also begs the question as to why this hasn’t been thought of before this? Other than the minor effort to prepare the ground, converting part of the lawn to flowering areas is a literally no-brainer kind of decision.
Flowering fields not only reduce mowing. They do not need as much water, fertilizer, or pesticide application. Fields can be created new every year and mixed with flowering plants that bloom throughout the year. Though a small consideration in the sustainability planning of the company, smarter landscaping will add value and enjoyment while lowering costs. Once again, Going Green is not only better for the environment. It is also a smart business decision.