Much of the reason we are in the plant business is our passion for nature and the environment. We have, from the beginning, supplemented our fertilizer use with organic fertilizers. Not only does the use of these additives help reduce the use of petroleum-based fertilizers, our plants respond to them very well.
We always discard our soil and plants into a compost pile. This compost recycle pile has enriched many gardens, landscapes, and groves in our neighborhood, and reduced space in our local landfill.
We use pest scouting and Integrated Pest Management, reducing chemical spraying significantly by using it only when observation shows it to be needed. We measure fertilizer levels in the media to help us limit our use of fertilizer to only the essential needs.
There is still much to be done to minimize our industry’s use of plastics, and recycling the plastics we dispose of. We need more options, and we are always exploring more ways of minimizing our carbon footprint.
We use a reverse osmosis water system at our nursery, and it is with a mixture of pride and sadness that we say our plants receive better water than a very large percentage of the world’s human population. We have chosen a system that does not require pre-softened water so we do not dispose of salt into the ground water.
The nature of the water filtering process produces a very pure water, which we use for production, and the by-product “gray” water, which is used for our property’s landscaping, so nothing goes to waste.
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