Rethinking lawn care
Following the faster-is-always-better approach to business, modern lawn care service is built around speed and volume. Landscaping companies often measure success by how many lawns they can mow in a day. The result is the “hurricane approach” to lawn care -- a team of two or three descends upon your property, drops their tailgate like it’s D-Day, and proceeds to frantically assault your yard, leaving a trail of fumes and frightened wildlife in their wake.
We come in peace
We take a different approach. We assign a single professional (and perhaps an assistant) to your landscaping so he or she can develop a sense of ownership and consistent experience with your property. We leave the hurricanes at sea where they belong. Instead, we use quiet, zero-emissions equipment (and sometimes even hand tools) to do our work and take the time we need to put the care back in lawn care.
Minimizing Chemical Use
We find that many reasonable people are conflicted about the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides on their property. On one hand, they’re uncomfortable using products that are potentially harmful to people, pets and the ecosystem. On the other hand, they don’t want their yard to look unkempt and neglected. We understand the dilemma, which is why we help our customers have the best of both worlds-- great-looking landscaping which minimizes or eliminates the use of chemicals. Our lawn treatments combine organic soil treatments (because feeding soil biology is actually more important than feeding the grass) all-natural fertilizers and weed control with good old-fashioned weed pulling as needed.
What are we encouraged to avoid on ozone alert days? Right--don't top off at the pump and don't mow your lawn. There are good reasons for this advice. According to experts:
One gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time.
Over 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
Americans use 800 million gallons of gas per year to mow their yards, and a single mower emits 87 lbs. of C02 and 54 lbs. of other pollutants into the air each year.
Henry West uses 100% zero-emissions landscaping equipment--including mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers. Although we love clean tech, we see it simply as a means to an end. If a hand tool will suffice, we use it. Our low-impact approach leads us to green technology, not the other way around.