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CREATING A MORE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE

Over the last 8 years, urban conservation practices installed by Alex Schmidt Landscape Design have impounded over 15 million gallons of storm water. Help keep hot runoff out Iowa’s streams and rivers clean by installing one of our urban conservation practices.

RAIN GARDENS

Rain gardens are great ways for homeowners to retain and treat stormwater on their property.

These planted depressions aid in slowing down and spreading out stormwater, allowing it to effectively infiltrate back into our groundwater system. Vegetation chosen specifically for both drought and flood conditions also helps filter out pollutants and create habitat for birds, insects, and other wildlife. For instance, native plants are low maintenance, colorful and are designed to control a 1.25″ of rain.

PERMEABLE PAVERS FOR DRIVEWAYS & PATIOS

Permeable pavers are a beautiful way to capture storm water and keep it out of our streets, storm sewers, streams and rivers.

While there is porous asphalt, and concrete, permeable paving is most commonly found in the form of brick pavers with larger joint spaces and a deeper gravel base. This design allows water to infiltrate back into the soil, helping to restore our ground water and reduce the overall impact on municipal stormwater infrastructure.

Our systems are designed to capture up to a 4″ rain. View some of the paver options at Unilock Permeable Pavers.

RAIN WATER HARVESTING

Do you need water for irrigation, washing the car or even grey water for your home?

Meet the RainXChange system. This rain capture system can be hidden under a patio or constructed as a water feature in your yard and plumbed to suit your needs. Put your rain water to good use!