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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Recognizes Lawns and Gardens Plus as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member
(Annapolis, MD – January 9, 2018) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes Lawns and Gardens Plus as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member. Lawns and Gardens Plus renewed their membership with a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are undertaking voluntary actions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, rivers, and streams.
The Businesses for the Bay membership association provides a network for its Members to share strategies and successes with other businesses and governmental and non-profit Networking Partners, as well as opportunities to engage employees in environmental efforts, and receive recognition for the valuable role each Member is taking to help improve the environment. As a Gold Member, the Alliance recognizes Lawns and Gardens Plus for its commitment to Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration.
Lawns and Gardens Plus is a landscaping maintenance company serving the high end residential market. Most clients live on or near waterways, including the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Lawns and Gardens Plus staff evaluate landscape needs and use best management practices (BMPs) to achieve the best results for both clients and the environment. For example, the company believes that the best way to deal with grass clippings is to leave them on their clients’ lawns, which returns valuable nutrients, like nitrogen, back to lawns without the need for synthetic fertilizers (saving an estimated 500 pounds of nitrogen from being spread on clients’ lawns in 2017!). Lawns and Gardens Plus also offers Integrated Pest Management techniques to their clients, in order to eliminate the need for insecticides.
The owner of Lawns and Gardens Plus is a strong believer in doing the right thing, when it comes to the environment. He chairs a planning committee for Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Bay conference, where he partners with local non-profit organizations such as the Elizabeth River Project and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, to educate the public and other landscaping professionals about up-to-date environmental issues that affect our local habitats, rivers, and streams. He is so committed to this annual event that he closed the Lawns and Gardens Plus office for two days in 2017 so that 14 of his staff could attend Come to the Bay and stay abreast of the latest scientific research. A few years ago, Lawns and Gardens Plus staff voluntarily established a native pollinator garden at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.
Lawns and Gardens Plus employees educate their clients about environmental issues, including the importance of decreasing synthetic fertilizer-use, using native plants, avoiding the installation of invasive plants, and controlling non-native, invasive plants. They routinely remove non-native, invasive plants, such as Japanese honeysuckle and English ivy, from their clients’ properties and almost always plant species that are compatible with local habitats and require little maintenance. They also participate in the Plant More Plants Initiative, a personal stewardship campaign by the Chesapeake Bay Program that aims to encourage residential homeowners to take on behaviors that improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by planting native plants and reducing the harmful effects of stormwater runoff.
“We at Lawns and Gardens Plus are proud to be a member of Businesses for the Bay and a part of the solution in protecting the Chesapeake Bay”, noted H.Wes Bray, Lawns and Gardens Plus President. “We understand that we all have a role big and small. We are enthusiastic in our daily task and efforts to work with our clients and industry partners to achieve those goals.”
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens, stated, “Through the Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay membership association, we help businesses to have a positive impact on Chesapeake Bay restoration, to expand their own sustainability programs, and to be recognized for their environmental successes.”
For more information about this Businesses for the Bay Gold Member, please visit our Member Directory or https://businesses.allianceforthebay.org/member/lawns-gardens-plus.
About The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland and offices in Richmond, Virginia, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, works throughout the Bay watershed to lead, support and inspire local action and build partnerships with individuals, communities, governments, businesses and other groups to restore the Bay watershed and its forests, rivers and streams. For more information about the Alliance, visit: allianceforthebay.org
For more information about the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Businesses for the Bay membership association, please visit: businesses.allianceforthebay.org or click here to read the 2016 Businesses for the Bay Annual Report.