Preserving the topsoil on your property is a no-brainer. Think about it: why would you damage and remove your property's valuable topsoil during construction, only to spend extra on importing replacement soil when the project is done?
Despite current regulations and practices, this approach lacks ethical excavation principles. The persistence of this outdated practice is a result of insufficient awareness about better alternatives.
Breaking Ground or Breaking the Bank? Rules & Regulations for Erosion Control & the Cost of Not Preserving Soil
There’s a reason why it’s not common practice to preserve soils on a construction site. State and federal regulations put the burden of responsibility on the homeowner. They make it YOUR responsibility to educate yourself about methods of soil preservation, find solutions, and come up with a plan.
All life on land depends on soil. Even yours! Humans cannot live without soil, just as we cannot live without water and air. Soil grows our food, filters our water, and provides us with medicine. It performs seemingly magical services that support the lives of every terrestrial organism on Earth.
Having a plan to protect trees BEFORE you start clearing your land is ESSENTIAL! By the time you’ve broken ground, it’s already too late.
If your excavation and building team don’t know how to protect trees properly, then you can pretty much kiss any trees close to the construction site goodbye.
Even worse, you can assume that any tree with a Critical Root Zone that has been damaged or compacted will die slowly, sometimes over the course of several years. Dropping heavy limbs as the tree’s health and stability fail.
Easy is often confused for affordable. In the case of home construction, it may be easier to clear your land completely and wipe the slate clean. After all, this is what the typical construction team is accustomed to. However, this unnecessary technique costs you more money in the long run. And sacrifices too much time before you’re able to enjoy the beauty of your outdoor living spaces.
Mother Nature provides services to you free of charge every day. These services protect your home, protect your health, and save you money. And these pro bono services take place right in your yard!
Maintaining an intact ecosystem at home will guarantee you benefit from these services for the duration of your homeownership.
Mother Nature inspires us with her brilliance on multiple levels. At the surface level, her beautiful forms leave us awestruck. To a deeper degree, the behavior of her organisms adds another dimension of amazement. From an expanded view, the interaction of all species in an ecosystem begins to look like a living, breathing, evolving tapestry woven together with the systems developed over millennia.
This blog is likely to inspire a deep yet dormant intuitive knowing that we all have buried within us. The knowing that we are not alone…nor do we have to solve the many riddles of life by ourselves. The understanding that we are literally surrounded by genius as a result of 3.8 billion years of research and development from the natural world.
Sustainable design is now considered obsolete by many in the industry. Trying to prevent further damage to the environment through sustainable design is like applying a band-aid to a bullet wound. A more forward-thinking approach is necessary. Regenerative home design holds the key to our future by reversing ecological damage, repairing what has been lost, and contributing to a positive impact on the environment and our health.
I am Jenny Pippin, founder of Pippin Home Designs and creator of my own inspired living. I grew up as an ordinary southern girl, working in the fields of my family’s tobacco farm. It didn’t take me long to realize I had greater gifts and so I chose to step into my power and create my own path in life, inspired by my heart’s true passion. (More on my personal story HERE!)