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Sustainable Landscape Solutions and Environmental Services

For 55 years, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting has been dedicated to making Wisconsin a greener, healthier and more beautiful state. Now with heightened awareness of the positive and far-reaching impact the Green Industry can have on the economy and overall quality of life, we are reaffirming our commitment to responsible development and doing even more to help improve and protect the world around us.

Green Solutions from David J. Frank

Storm Water Management

Pollution and depletion of our supply of essential water can be prevented and reversed to some degree with these services:

-     Permeable pavers and pervious concrete and asphalt capture storm water in a network of voids and allow it to percolate into the underlying soil.

-     Bioswales remove silt and pollution from surface runoff.


-     Rainwater harvesting collects natural precipitation for use in landscape irrigation.


-     Rain gardens utilize the water in low areas to support perennial plants while allowing slow return to the soil.


-     Retention ponds manage storm water runoff to prevent flooding and downstream erosion.


Green Design and Building
Sustainable landscape architecture can effectively reduce the carbon footprint of a property as well as “urban heat islands.”

-     Green roofs are partially or completely covered with vegetation to reduce energy costs, control runoff, filter pollutants and provide a habitat for wildlife.


-     Green walls (either free-standing or as part of a building) can insulate, filter air, reduce runoff, minimize noise and screen unpleasant views.

-     Brown field reclamation cleans contaminated soil at abandoned or underused industrial and commercial sites.

Eco-Engineered Irrigation
Water is essential to a healthy green space, but it must be carefully managed to eliminate waste and plant damage.

-     Water-efficient irrigation utilizes drip or low-output heads.

-     Automated systems use sensors to deliver water only when needed.


-     Rain Water Harvesting utilizes cisterns or barrels to save and reuse natural precipitation.


Environmentally Friendly Planting
Properly chosen plants are essential to a healthy landscape, adding beauty and great benefit.


-      Native and drought-tolerant plants are more durable, requiring less water, fertilizer and herbicides.

-      Rain gardens slow run off while percolation supports the plants and reduces water pollution.

-      Storm water trees have extremely high transpiration rates to help return excess water to the atmosphere.

-      Urban forestry improves air quality; additionally, deciduous trees and shrubs provide shade to reduce cooling costs and evergreens provide wind protection for lower heating costs.

-      Groundcover creates dead-air space that insulates buildings in both winter and summer.

-      Organic mulches return nutrients to the soil.

Recycled and Energy-Saving Options
The very nature of landscape design and maintenance allows for environmentally friendly choices.


-      Recycled mulch: site waste (concrete and asphalt) can be broken down and reused as a hard mulch.

-      Reclaimed pavers and cobbles: Re-using old bricks and cobbles adds character to new sites.

-      Cement additive: Adding fly ash to concrete mix can replace as much as 15-40% of cement used.

-      LED lighting: Low voltage LED lighting saves energy.




More Ways David J. Frank
Promotes Healthy Environments

Construction – Use natural and recycled materials when possible.


Naturalization – Restore balance with native plants.


Wildlife habitats – Create space for birds, butterflies and wildlife.


Lawn care – Organic options are available for weed and pest control.


Interiorscapes – Interior plants improve productivity and morale while cleaning the air in closed areas.


Arborist services – Care for the most valuable part of your landscape – trees that purify the air and provide shade.


Grow local – David J. Frank has its own Signature Nursery in Germantown and buys materials locally whenever possible.




For more information:


Vance Barnes, LEED AP, Registered Landscape Architect

Jeffrey Miller, Green Roof Professional, Associate Landscape Architect

Paul Frank, VP of Construction Services