The benefits of all-natural mulch
A fresh layer of mulch adds a beautiful, finishing touch to a neat and well-tended landscape, but for your plants it’s all about maintaining their health. At the optimum depth of 2″, mulch provides for water retention and conservation in the hot months ahead, along with suppressing unwanted weed growth. It also acts as insulation for the plants’ roots, keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. At Gerbert & Sons, our commitment to environmentally-conscious landscaping extends to the choices we make for our mulching products. We use all-natural, dye-free mulch to enhance the look of your property, without negatively affecting the soil or your plantings. While most of the dyes used in colored mulch are considered safe, it can be the wood itself that is the issue. It has been known to contain trash wood from old pallets, decking, construction, and possibly even pressure-treated pieces, which may contain unwanted chemicals. Dyes are then applied to create a consistent color from these varying wood sources, but since this dyed mulch breaks down at a much slower rate, it does not add nitrogen or beneficial bacteria to the soil like natural mulches.
Harnessing the green power of propane
Another way we at Gerbert & Sons have reduced our carbon footprint is by converting to propane powered mowers. A major benefit of this fuel source is its relatively low environmental impact, as it burns 35% cleaner than gasoline on average, and doesn’t produce fumes or exhaust. The tanks are easy to exchange, cutting down on refueling time and reducing the chance for spillage and leakage. The “smell” of propane is actually an additive created to indicate a leak, which is rare and does not spill onto the ground like gasoline, but is released as an environmentally-friendly mist. Most impressively, mowers powered by propane reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 80% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost half when compared with gasoline powered mowers.
Contact us for more information on these and our other “green” services for your property. And now that the soil has finally warmed, have us prepare and plant your flower beds and vegetable gardens so they’re ready to thrive as we move into the summer months..