Trees are not only beautiful but also provide a wide range of benefits to the environment.
pounds of carbon dioxide absorbed per year by a mature tree
pounds of pollutants removed from the air per year by a single tree
degrees Fahrenheit temperature reduction in urban areas through strategic tree placement
gallons of water per year is absorbed by a mature tree, helping to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion.
Our plants help to filter pollutants from the air, improving air quality and promoting a healthier environment.
Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help to cool the air and reduce the urban "heat island" effect, making our cities more comfortable and livable.
Our plants can help to absorb and filter rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding and erosion and promoting healthier watersheds.
Our plants provide important habitat and food sources for local wildlife, promoting biodiversity and ecosystem health.
We offer a variety of drought-tolerant plants that require less water to thrive, reducing water usage and promoting conservation.
We offer a wide variety of plants that attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, supporting the health of our local ecosystems.
In 2016, we worked with the NRCS to convert our flood irrigated fields into drip tape irrigation. We also have extensive ditch systems at our nurseries to catch the extra water and funnel it back to somewhere where it can be used again. For our shrub beds, we are currently revamping the whole irrigation system to be controlled electronically, allowing us to be more efficient with our water usage.
In 2021, Arbor Valley created their own soil division to make the soil that we use internally, as well as sell it back to the local market. We were able to source 2 of the 3 main ingredients locally in the market with the compost coming from about 10 miles away and the perlite coming from about 200 miles away. This has led to a drastic reduction in resources needed to create our growing media.
Every year, we employ IPM practices to help manage numerous pest and disease pressures. We use mechanical, biological, and chemical methods to help deal with these issues, all while insuring we are not breeding for resistance. Our commitment to IPM helps us minimize our use of harmful pesticides and ensure the long-term health of our plants.
We do not sell any invasive species because it’s illegal. The USDA sends out an inspector once a year to ensure that we are controlling any invasive species and not sending them out into the market. By preventing the spread of invasive species, we help protect local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.
Creating a safe, enjoyable, and effective working atmosphere is arguably the most important thing we do each day. We spend 5-10 minutes each week during our leadership meetings discussing different safety topics. These topics then spread out from the leaders to the crews, so they are hearing the same message. We also strive to create a fair working environment by allowing all voices to be heard, and by laying out very clear paths for growth for workers at every single level within the company.
Arbor Valley has a very advanced logistics team and fleet that allows us to combine loads on larger trucks, which in turn cuts down on the amount of fuel needed to get our plants onto jobsites across the states.
In 2018, we worked with the NRCS to plant and establish a large area along Cherry Creek with Milkweed to help facilitate a Monarch Butterfly habitat. This is just one example of our commitment to creating and restoring habitats for wildlife in our local environment.