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Gardener's Supply Company

August 18, 2015 15:37 ET

Do the Yard Work, Save the Planet

Three Easy Steps to a 'Greener' Fall

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwired - August 18, 2015) - Cleaning up the yard is an inevitable task for gardeners and homeowners, but it can go more smoothly -- and can even help the environment -- with the right tools. Gardener's Supply Company is offering a selection of electric- and battery-powered tools that are greener and less noisy than their gas-powered predecessors -- along with free, on-line advice about the best ways to make the most of the harvest season.

Step One: Get the Right Equipment

We never thought we'd put the words 'chainsaw' and 'sustainable' in the same sentence, but our lightweight Cordless Chainsaw (24v) produces no harmful emissions and very little noise. (It's powered by a 24-volt, 2Ah Enhanced Lithium-Ion battery and charger -- included.)

Our Electric Leaf Shredder easily turns yard waste into garden gold, making mulch that protects and enriches the soil. Its powerful 13-amp motor quickly reduces yard waste to a 16th of its original size. And weighing less than 13.5 pounds, its space saving design is easy to move and to store.

Even the much maligned leaf blower takes on an earth-friendly form in our lightweight, battery-powered offering. The Leafmaster 3-in-1 Blower, Vac Shredder provides a three-pronged attack on yard waste with its 12-amp motor and comfort grip to prevent hand fatigue.

Step Two: Don't Forget the Details

After you chip and shred and blow the leaves and branches -- don't undo the good work you've just done. Rather than putting plastic bags of yard waste into the trash -- you can use Biodegradable Leaf Bags. Or -- even better -- put the waste to work for you by harvesting the season's most abundant crop (leaves) and making mulch that's better than anything you could buy in the store (see the two shredders above). Leaves are packed with trace minerals that trees draw up from deep in the soil. When you add them to you garden, leaves feed earthworms and beneficial microbes. They even lighten heavy soils and help sandy soils retain moisture, make an attractive (and free!) mulch in the flower garden and insulate tender plants from the cold.

Step Three: Go Green into the Holidays

Gardener's Supply Company carries the green theme into Thanksgiving and beyond with Harvest- and Holiday-themed decorations; sparkling strings of energy-saving LED glass bulbs. Inspired by vintage mercury glass, these gorgeous Glass String Lights will glow and stay cool. Our three nature-inspired designs -- pinecones, acorn and onions look fabulous tucked around greens. Best of all? They're battery powered so you can use them anywhere -- no need for extension cords or outlets. They're perfect for decorating the holiday table at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

About Gardener's Supply Company
Founded in 1983, Gardener's Supply Company is a 100% employee-owned company of avid gardeners providing garden-tested, earth-friendly products combined with practical information. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the company has won many awards for its innovative gardening products, online gardening content and progressive management style. Gardener's Supply is now a Certified B Corporation.

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