Best Practices

Our philosophy to landscape maintenance is a marriage of innovation, best practice and common sense.

  • Our gas-powered equipment is rigorously maintained and meets the latest in government emissions standards. A program of phasing out older equipment has eliminated machinery manufactured under less stringent emissions regulations. New technologies such as valved 2-stroke engines significantly reduce fuel consumption and the resulting emissions.
  • Vehicles are maintained to meet or exceed manufacturers’ recommendations. We strive to use the right type of vehicle for the job. These include high-efficiency diesels and smaller vehicles where appropriate. Because our staff make their own way to the jobsite, we have no need for larger, less fuel-efficient crew cab trucks.
  • Staff living close to each job location are scheduled to minimize commute times and subsequent environmental impact. Those same staff go directly from their home to the worksite, thus eliminating wasteful and unnecessary trips to and from a central location as is common industry practice. We accommodate a significant number of staff members who cycle, skate board, carpool or use public transit for commuting.
  • We have employed LEAN techniques throughout our organization to eliminate waste. Examples of this are efficient route scheduling of trucks and even mapping out the most efficient lawn care routes for staff. Not only does this save time and money, it minimizes our impact on the environment.

Through extensive testing and research, we are able to offer biological and other non-chemical solutions for many landscape problems. Healthy vigorous lawns and plants are one of the best defenses against insects and disease. Organic-based fertilizers provide important nutrients and minimize unutilized nitrates.

  • Green waste we collect is strictly separate to ensure it can be disposed of at facilities that will compost the material and turn it into rich organic soils.
  • We also follow the Japanese beetle protocol for green waste disposal to prevent the spread of this destructive pest. This involves daily disposal of green waste when working in ‘the zone’ where Granville Island is located. Any soils that can’t be disposed onsite are taken to the Vancouver Landfill for deep burial as required.
  • Para Space pioneered the use of low decibel leaf blowers in Greater Vancouver in conjunction with local government. While this is now the quietest machine on our trucks, we still implement a ‘use only as necessary’ policy to minimize unwelcome noise and dust.
  • While we aren’t yet paperless, we’re getting there. We have policies in place to use less or no paper whenever possible. Our marketing material is printed on recycled product and our office and warehouse have strict recycling procedures in place throughout. Data management is increasingly cloud based so that our people can access information and submit work reports electronically.
  • We have embraced the use of environmentally safe products to control pests and diseases such as nematodes and follow the Vancouver Health By-Law No. 9535 section 2.9 and 2.10 pertaining to pesticides and exempted products.