Sustainability Considerations for Got Weeds?

Honoring principles of sustainability, Got Weeds? seeks to operate with a low carbon footprint and with minimal impacts to treatment sites.

  1. Treatment Methods seek to employ “the least toxic alternatives.”
    1. Bio-degradable bar oil in chainsaws (no additional cost to clients, this is simply a conscious choice in operations)
    2. Organic options are the only herbicides I would ever employ (but no one has pushed me in that direction yet).
  2. Minimize Transportation Costs and Fuel Consumption
    1. Efficient treatment program for project sites (one long day to treat 3 nearby sites rather than treating them on separate outings)
    2. Overnighting is an option on large sites to reduce drive time.
  3. Education
    1. School eco-outings and service days
    2. Community empowerment:  match needs to resources
    3. Workshops (post-Irene Weed Consultations, May 2012)
  4. Long – term Efficiency
    1. Work may take years, but will be complete, thorough, and will not need repeating.
    2. Projects move an existing condition closer to a desired future condition (native plants, diversity), resulting in less energy expended on management in future years.
  5. Soil Health
    1. Key to all healthy plant communities.  If there is a way to include amendments or improvements, that factor is included in treatment plans.
    2. Think outside the box…mechanical solutions, local conditions.   Sometimes a planting / re-planting plan cannot overcome engineering or design shortfalls.
  6. Focus on Scale and Cooperation
    1. Tools owned by GotWeeds? may be borrowed / rented as workloads allow.  This concept is even encouraged by certain tool manufacturers (Weed Wrench).
    2. Treatment is appropriate to the scale of the infestation (area, density, and complexity); going overboard with treatments is a waste of resources.
  7. Keep it Local
    1. GotWeeds? funds programs boosting student involvement with nature (Summer Science).
    2. Money earned and spent by GotWeeds? stays in the community that the business serves, as much as possible.  No money is sent to large corporations in distant regions for herbicides and related products.
    3. Community involvement thru training and volunteer stewardship is actively supported (Windsor’s Paradise Park).
    4. Got Weeds? purchases new tools and recycles old ones from local businesses.
    5. The buckthorn project finds uses for an invasive species that help fund the control work.
  8. Thank the Bank!  Banks charge for paper statements, right?  GotWeeds? communicates electronically wherever possible… invoices, receipts, plans.  Save paper!
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