Our world is precious - we can't afford to harm it anymore than human development already has. We are now in the age of sustainability, and George Sant & Sons is as green as they come. Let us tell you why...
We have done away with waste that's harmful to the environment. From the seeding room to the shipping docks to the cafeteria, there is no garbage that can't be recycled - and that's exactly what we do with every last bit of it. Working together with Canada Fibre, we have optimized our plastics-management in order to offer the clean - and green - plants you can be proud of.
But it's not just plastic that we're recycling. Our organic waste has long been a staple in our plant production - after it's had time to decompose into naturally enriching fertile media. Our offices and break-areas are stocked with strictly maintained waste-recepticles for comprehensive reduction of garbage. We do this because the earth is a gift; don't turn it to trash.
Pesticides and herbicides are needed to maintain strong, beautiful plants, but chemicals like these don't only affect the plants. Studies have shown that more than 98% of all pesticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target and instead contaminate other things such as non-target species, air, water and soil. In addition, pesticide use reduces biodiversity, reduces nitrogen fixation, contributes to pollinator decline, destroys animal habitats (especially that of birds), and threatens endangered species.
To combat this, George Sant & Sons has converted over 80% of our pesticide-usage into biological regulators. "Biologicals" feed on the unwelcomed pests that destroy your plants. It is a completely natural and safe way to deal with regulation without having to resort to toxic chemicals that often do more harm than good.
With the installation of our new boilers we're now heating our site with as minimal enery-usage as possible. We keep our plants warm but we don't need to contribute to global warming.
WHAT CAN I DO?
We can do so much but only so much - it's also up to the public to do their small part and we would like to help. Below you will find a list of simple, easy steps that you can take in your very own home that will help to make you more sustainable in your gardening practices...
STEP ONE - RECYCLE ALL POTS!
On one hand, plastic is the single easiest and most inexpensive material for humans to produce and, in regards to plant containers, there is no better substitute when gardening on a budget. When disposed of inproperly, however, plastic is a very harmful substance to our planet. Luckily, plastic tops the charts as the most recycled material on earth. Any type of plastic can be recycled and pots are no different. When you're finished planting, please be sure to put your pots and plant-tags at the end of your driveway with your blue-box.
STEP TWO - FERTILIZE WITH CARE
Your plants need food... Whenever possible, try to use fertilizers that are free of phosphorus or nitrates, both of which can be harmful if they are carried by runoff into a water supply. When applying fertilizers and pesticides use as little as you can. Don't apply on a slope or hill. Never apply before a rainstorm and never overwater after application, as too much water will lift the fertilizer and wash it away.
STEP THREE - WATER USAGE
This is an easy one. Manage your watering properly and reduce your usage whenever possible. Keep an eye on weather forecasts and don't put the sprinkler out just before (or after) a rainfall. When placing your sprinkler, due your best to keep spray within your lawn (you don't have to water the driveway). Be mindful of the time and don't needlessly prolong the duration of a watering unless your soil is harmfully dry.
STEP FOUR - USE THE BIRDS
To avoid harmful insecticides, a clean and easy method of getting rid of plant-eating pests is to put up a bird-feeder or bird-bath near your garden. Birds eat destructive visitors such as caterpillers, snails and grubs that would otherwise have to be fought with chemicals. Birds (along with bees and butterflies) also help to pollinate your flowers for you to keep your perennials thriving into the next season.
STEP FIVE - DON'T BUY FUEL-POWERED
Gasoline-powered lawn-mowers, weed-eaters and leaf-blowers are as expensive as they are bad for the environment. When next you're in the market for one of these tools, consider the alternatives. The new design on the old-fashioned push-power reel-mower is an inexpensive choice that is not only 100% better for the world but is also a far lighter machine that's easier to push and a lot more manueverable around tight edges near your fences and flowerbeds. Be sure to consider rechargable electric weed-eaters and leaf-blowers as well.