Landscaping and Construction
Proper planting of trees is essential for their survival and health. Natural Directions knows what tree species are right for your property and project because our staff has the educational background and experience required. Who better to plant trees but an arborist or a forester, and we have both!
Tree Wells and Retaining Walls
Natural Directions will team with your land planner and landscape architect to evaluate and construct the retaining structure that is best for each property. Whether block or timber, we focus on developing the most aesthetically pleasing solution for your site. For some, a simple, unobtrusive leveled section of a hilly area is just the right solution. However, an eye-catching multi-terraced wall could be an impressive showpiece in your development plan.
Tree Protection Fencing
The urban tree’s biggest threat is land disturbance due to construction and other development activities. Through the installation of tree fencing, Natural Directions protects trees from becoming unplanned casualties during construction. Following a thorough evaluation of the developer’s plan and the condition of the existing species by our certified arborists, trees young and old are marked for preservation and barricaded for protection. Sturdy, high visibility safety fencing protects the trees themselves and their feeder roots from being crushed by vehicles.
Mowing, Under Brushing and Bush Hogging
When preparing a site for construction, we trim back or clear vegetation from planned areas using our industrial mowers and bush hog equipment. Sensitive areas are hand-cleared as to not cause unwanted damage. Throughout construction we focus on maintaining a well-groomed site.
Through chemical or mechanical means, Natural Directions can maintain sites where the control of vegetation is critical. Whether roadside buffers, HOA’s, easements, pond banks, or that empty lot that got out-of-control; we can make it right again. Using our knowledge of how plants grow and interact, we have cost-effective, low impact solutions that can achieve your aesthetic and maintenance objectives.
Nature Trail Design, Installation and Maintenance
Today’s active family looks for a neighborhood, school, community – or even an employer – with nature trails that allow them to hike, bike and explore the natural beauty right outside their own back door. Environmentally savvy developers are recognizing this growing trend and are incorporating natural surroundings even in the most urban settings. Grand trees and specimen trees are protected with deserved respect, and undisturbed animal and plant life creates balance between urban development and nature.
Natural Directions clears, grades, and prepares these natural pathways – identifying trees, plant life, and wildlife indigenous to the area. Natural materials like straw, bark and stone pave the way for:
• Mountain biking
• Fitness circuits
• Nature identification walks
By preventing or controlling water and wind erosion in land development and construction, Natural Directions assists developers in meeting legal and ethical responsibilities. How? Our certified erosion control specialists examine the slope, drainage patterns, and soil types of your construction site to determine the best way to curb erosion. We preserve existing vegetation that provides natural erosion barriers and as much of the natural contours of the land as possible. Longer, steeper slopes are terraced or benched and the site is completely protected with silt fencing.
Stormwater management and erosion control measures mitigate the impact of runoff and poor drainage. Although installation causes some disturbance to the land, practices improperly designed or located can cause more severe environmental impacts than if they were not installed at all.Natural Directions installs curb inlet protection, matting, rip-rap, sediment tubes and sediment dams, etc.
Silt Fence Installation and Maintenance
- Below the toe of exposed and erodible slopes
- Down-slope of exposed soil areas
- Around temporary stockpiles
- Along streams and channels
- Around the perimeter of a project