Sustainable Products and Practices
Sustainability is a journey. We hope you'll join us in taking steps towards improving our environment and communities.
Weston Nurseries has always been in the "green business", providing homeowners and landscape professionals with top-quality plants that beautify our surroundings and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air we breathe. One of our sustainability initiatives is recovering and recycling plastic pots. You can help us reduce the amount of plastic in landfills by bringing your used pots to the Garden Center. Some pots will be re-used at Weston Nurseries; other pots will be transported to a recycling facility and processed into new nursery pots.
Please remove soil, sand, mulch and rocks and rinse off the pots before bringing them to the Garden Center and placing them in the designated bins.
We accept two pots types:
1. PE #2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): "blow molded" round and square containers have a hole in the middle of the bottom and often have ribbed sides. The wall is very thin and the pots have a softer lip. We accept 1/2 gal. to 10 gal. sizes, any color, with or without printing.
2. PP #5 PP (Polypropylene): "injection molded" round and square containers have a harder/thicker wall with smooth sides. We accept 1/2 gal. to 35 gal. and up sizes, any color, with or without printing.
Some of Our Sustainable Products:
1. NE Rain Barrels, "the Blue Rain Barrel for the Green Owner", made from recycled plastic barrels. Achla Rain Barrels in brown and green for a more authentic barrel look. Attach them to a roof downspout to collect storm run off.
2. Composters that turn yard waste into organic matter to improve your soil. Under-the-sink food compost caddy with biodegradeable liners for easy clean up
3. A broad line of natural products including Bradfield Organics Fertilizers, safe for people, pets and pasture animals
4. Weedguard Plus, Organic Paper Mulch for Garden Beds
5. Cowpots: Plantable pots made from composted cow manure. You may have seen them on Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs".
6. For water conservation:
• Soaker hose systems
• Plants that require little water once established
• Mulch, a superb natural product for holding moisture in the soil
7. Our own compost for use on lawns and in gardens
8. Brill manual reel push lawn mowers so you can cut your grass without struggling with a hard-to-start, noisy, polluting gasoline powered mower. No engine trouble, no running out of gas, no disturbing your neighbors with noise.
9. Biodegradable Indoor pots made from bamboo can be disposed in landfills or composted.
10. Reusable aluminum sports water bottles
11. Colorful Home Recycling Bags: great for keeping yourself organized and fun for kids
12. Reusable Multipurpose Shopping Bags
13. Outdoor Rugs made from 95% recycled plastic
14. Soji Solar Lanterns. Just 8 hours of daylight charges the lantern for 6-8 hours for decorating your patio or garden at night.
15. PotRisers which help protect your deck and enhances pot drainage is from made 100% recycled material
Some of Our Sustainable Practices:
1. Water for our operations is recycled by a catch basin system that drains it back into our ponds.
2. Drip irrigation over 6 acres cuts our water usage from watering overhead by 80%. We'll add an additional 3 acres of drip irrigation in 2009.
3. Most of our plants come from the Northeast region, thereby minimizing carbon footprint on plants we sell.
4. We turn organic by-product into compost for sale.
5. We take in chipped trees and brush. This is used to mulch in plants and provide mulch chips to the biofuel industry.
6. Old mulch is screened and used to make top soil.
7. Plastic pots from our landscape operations are reused or recycled.
8. Office paper products are recycled.