What is Green Infrastructure?
I recently considered how many people have told me they don't know what restorative design really means. I spend a good deal of time answering questions like, "what is green infrastructure," "is a swale paved," and that kind of thing. And these questions don't only come from my clients. I've found that a lot of builders aren't familiar with ecology. They install jobs according to 'traditional' methods.
This almost always means high costs, maintenance, water use, pollution, and waste.
I am deeply invested in seeing my designs installed as intended, so that my clients get all the benefits. There is nothing like hearing that a design-only client hired a traditional installation firm only to end up with an unsustainable landscape because the company didn't know how to read or build their master plan. So rather than answering such questions one at a time, I thought I'd create this post to help homeowners and builders get it right.