As we build our “earth friendly” business, we want you to know that we put a lot of time and effort into selecting tools and equipment. The options and considerations are almost overwhelming. We’ve evaluated new versus used and alternative fuel options. Electric and re-chargeable for example are simply not viable options for a commercial operation. There is a propane alternative but the technology mostly relies on those little propane bottles (which we hate and why are they always green?). Four stroke, handheld equipment tends to be heavier and less efficient causing more run-time. In short it is difficult to dissect fact from hype and we have done our due diligence.
First of all, our equipment is new or nearly new. We choose to work primarily with Echo handheld equipment and Toro recycling mowers. Both manufacturers are known for their performance and reliability. All of our equipment meets or exceeds current EPA emission standards. Perhaps equally important is our equipment maintenance schedule. We’re dedicated to keeping our tools and equipment in good, clean running condition.
Like all landscapers, we do need to drive around with a trailer in tow. This requires fairly heavy-duty trucks, which are rarely known for their fuel efficiency. In this case our primary vehicle is a restored chevy, purchased new by Dan’s parents in 1976 then gifted to our company. This is, in fact, a family Heirloom and we feel it is well within the spirit of recycling and re-use.
We will continue to investigate new products and technologies as they improve. Meanwhile, we will convert yard debris to fertilizer or mulch, saving many trips to the landfill. Heirloom Gardens relies on natural processes rather than synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We work with our clients to achieve the most efficient use of water. Saving the earth, one yard at a time.