EnvironmentFirst

E.A. Quinn’s long-standing dedication to sustainable landscaping and ecological health benefits every aspect of our business, from lawn maintenance and fertilization to the operation of our administrative offices.

Our efforts

Sustainability-logoResidential and Commercial Lawn Care. We remove all lawn debris from every property after every job, and we take pride in recycling 98 percent of material we collect. Our in-house composting turns all leaf material into rich organic topsoil. Wood material is chipped and sent to mulch suppliers or paper mills while non-organic material and concrete is crushed and processed to create gravel for road construction.

Fertilizer with a Conscience. E.A. Quinn was the first landscape contractor in Connecticut to use Polyon Controlled Release Fertilizer, the only ecologically friendly fertilizer program with proven results. Polyon’s unique slow-release feeding system produces strong, healthy grass with several ecological benefits:

  • No growth splurges means no excess grass clippings.
  • Eliminates nitrate run-off into drains and local and regional waterways.
  • Fewer applications needed.

Wetlands Management. Our extensive experience in developing and managing wetlands includes creating habitats to support insects, reptiles and fish as well as removing invasive species to protect natural wetland habitats.

The Office. All of our offices and shop areas have been remodeled to incorporate energy-saving light fixtures, ballasts and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and costs. Our customer billing and vendor accounting departments are converting to a paperless, online system that will increase efficiency and reduce paper usage.

What You Can Do

As a homeowner, you can use several tools and strategies to conserve natural resources and keep pollutants from affecting soil and water. Below are some sustainable practices you can implement at home. For more information, visit the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s webpage on sustainability.

Build a rain garden – A rain garden is a depression that collects runoff from a roof, driveway or yard and allows it to infiltrate into the ground. Plants that work well in rain gardens include shrubs or perennials. Visit RainGardenNetwork.com for more details.

Introduce native plants – Native plants are ones that grow well in a particular geographic area. As a result, they are naturally hardy and can provide food, cover and shelter to wildlife. Click here for a list of native trees and shrubs.

Practice composting and grasscycling – Composting takes organic material like kitchen waste and allows it to decompose into rich soil. It’s easy and cheap and can help perk up your garden. For more on composting, visit the EPA’s website. Grasscycling is similar to composting, but refers exclusives to the collection and decomposition of grass clippings.

Conserve water – The practice of designing a landscape to conserve water is known as xeriscaping. For more about xeriscaping visit the Colorado State University Extension website.

Set up a rain barrel – A rain barrel is an inexpensive solution that’s easy to build and install. The rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop and gutters to prevent water from carrying debris into storm drains. For more on rain barrels, read this article from Better Homes & Gardens.

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