Sustainable Practices

Since the inception of Western Horticultural Services, we have continuously searched for ways to improve our landscape management services. We have incorporated the following as standard practices to help reduce reduce both our, as well as our clients, impact on the environment.

We use bio diesel fuel in our fleet of more than 40 vehicles to substantially reduce hydrocarbon solver and carbon monoxide emissions into the atmosphere.

All of our landscape debris is collected into reusable and biodegradable jute burlap, which is then separated at our office into bins for plant debris, soil, and rock. Plant debris is transported to a local facility where it is used in the production of mulch and compost. Soil and rock are saved for reuse.

Western is committed to the protection and conservation of this natural resource. Western's experience with smart water management systems and "cycle and soak" irrigation programming, and our knowledge of low-water use native plant species is fundamental to our water conservation philosophy.

Western purchases mulch, soil, and gravel in bulk form where appropriate to avoid the use of bagged products and reduce the use of plastics. At least 50% of materials purchased are harvested and processed within 500 miles.

Western offers soil and plant care programs to fit the needs of our clients from our standard fertilization programs, which includes two applications of slow release fertilizer, to our all organic package, which includes the exclusive use of organic fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and soil amendments for our plant material on your property. Western tailors site-specific programs, which address soil and plant health, as well as insects and disease.

Western exclusively uses bagless mulching mowers, which return cuttings to the topsoil where they break down into organic material, thereby reducing yard waste, water consumption, and fertilization needs.

Western employs knowledgeable customer service representatives who are trained to recognize non-native high water use and invasive plant species and work closely with our clients to improve the environmental impact of bed design and plant choices.

Our Integrated Pest Management program revolves around routine inspections and monitoring. Your landscape investment is routinely inspected for infestations of insects or disease, fertilization needs, changes in soil conditions, and watering needs. When pests are identified, Western employs non-chemical methods, such as localized removal when feasible.