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Vernon Hills, IL—

In recent years, villages in the Chicagoland area like Winnetka, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Park Ridge, and Lake Forest have developed stricter codes to control flooding throughout their communities.

These codes are aimed at controlling water that enters into the community’s storm water system. The systems can become backed up and cause flooding in basements, on roads, or in backyards. As a consequence, most villages are trying to reduce or control the amount of impermeable surface on a property.

Impermeable areas such as a house, driveway, walkway, or patio cannot absorb water like natural, permeable elements can. Permeable areas include grass, planting and mulch beds, and some specially designed patios that allow water to pass through into the sub-grade. Therefore, homeowners, architects, and landscaping companies must contend with these codes while building new homes or landscapes.

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Beginning of Front Walk Construction Project to Manage Flooding

The landscape architects and designers at James Martin Associates (JMA) have gained expertise and knowledge of each individual village’s codes over the past 40 years and incorporate these codes into their designs and installation work.

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“We work with communities to prepare a permeable surface calculation, secure the permit, and follow plans approved by a civil engineer,” said Jim Gorsline, Residential Design Build Operations Director at James Martin Associates.

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Solutions for managing water can be as simple as directing a property’s runoff to a rain garden located on the property where water can be used for plantings that thrive in wet areas.

For more complicated projects located in or near flood plains, storm water detention areas and compensatory storage are often constructed to keep water on the property until the city’s storm water system can gradually accept the water.

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JMA employs these and many other methods to control flooding issues in the Chicagoland area. Contact us to design and install a flood management system for your residence today.

 

About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.

 

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Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates

847-634-1660

[email protected]

Vernon Hills, Ill.—

Every time the landscape crews of James Martin Associates travel to a property, they consider the waste they’re creating.

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“Instead of branches, grass, sod, small logs, and other yard waste going to the landfill, we recycle as much of it as possible,” said Jim Martin, President.

This sustainability-focused practice was implemented in 2003 when the company sought to integrate lean management practices with green initiatives. These green initiatives include recycling yard waste.

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When the yard waste materials generated from project sites come into the JMA facility, the materials are separated, mechanically ground, screened, and turned into an organic mulch.

“We process and grind 3,000-4,000 yards of waste annually, which creates over 1,500 yards of rich, organic mulch,” said John Weiler, Yard and Material Purchasing Manager.

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This mulch is used as a soil amendment in new landscape plantings and as a mulch for site shrub and flower beds. Use of this rich organic mulch helps prevent weed growth, retain moisture, and add curb appeal to the landscape. Since it is recycled, it has a net reduced carbon impact when compared to shredded hardwood bark.

JMA also recycles old concrete and stone scraps from project removals and demolitions. Instead of sending these materials to a landfill, JMA crushes these materials into a small size similar to gravel which is then used for sub-bases under patios, driveways and other landscape hardscapes.

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Finally, metal scraps, wooden pallets, and plastic materials are taken to the recycling plant where they are broken down to be reused.

Since 2004, James Martin Associates estimates a reduction of 30,000 cubic yards of landscape waste being hauled to landfills, resulting in a decrease of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of 213,400 pounds.

“It’s a win-win for our bottom line and for the environment,” said Martin.

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Learn more about JMA’s recycling practices and green initiatives.

 

About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.

 

Contact

Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates

847-634-1660

[email protected]