Noise is the second biggest environmental factor causing health problems, after air pollution.
– World Health Organization (2011)
List of Quiet Landscapers in the Princeton, NJ area
There are now two sources of landscapers who are interested in better, quieter, less polluting, and more sustainable landscaping. One source is here, below, established by Quiet Princeton. The other is a group established by Sustainable Princeton, at https://www.sustainableprinceton.org/yard/sustainable-landscapers-resource-list/. We recommend you investigate both of these resources when choosing a landscaper who will provide better services for you. Here, below, is Quiet Princeton’s list of Quiet Landscapers:
The landscapers listed below all perform lawn maintenance in the Princeton NJ area. They have agreed to do it without using gas-powered leaf blowers (either without any leaf blowers at all or using only electric-powered leaf blowers), if you tell them what you want. We advise using even electric blowers only sparingly, if at all.
Another resource for you is by Sustainable Princeton, who go beyond quiet to other sustainable practices. See their “Sustainable Landscapers Resource List”.
Please let Quiet Princeton know if you contract with one of these landscapers, or if you find one is no longer participating in Quiet Landscaping efforts: QuietPrinceton@verizon.net
Please Note: When you employ a landscape contractor, you will need to have a discussion with your current or new landscaper about the treatment of leaves and grass clippings. This is key to your mutual satisfaction, to cost, and to the environment. Alternatives include:
—leaving grass clippings in place (best; returns nutrition to the soil)
—using a mulching mower for leaves on the lawns
—blowing leaves into beds, using a mower’s side discharge
—raking leaves into beds or into a corner of your yard
—raking only in limited, selected places
—raking of most areas previously cleared with leaf blowers (This option may cost more because raking can take more time.)
—“Scorched earth” removal of everything, as is often done with leaf blowers. This is actually bad for the topsoil, birds, and garden life, and removes desirable mulch. It is not recommended and should be avoided.
The necessary fine print:
Quiet Princeton provides this information for the benefit of homeowners. Quiet Princeton has discussed this program with the listed landscapers and they have agreed to participate. However, Quiet Princeton does not endorse any service or product of any participating Vendor/Provider. Quiet Princeton has made no assessment of any service or product and assumes no liability for any damages or injury related to the service or product. The information provided is for general educational purposes only. Anyone intending to use a service or purchase a product from a Vendor/Provider does so assuming all risks.
The first five on this list are particularly interested in this issue. Richard McCoy, Green Life, and Blue Sky Green Earth have a full range of electric equipment including blowers and mowers. Kevin Carroll and Verdant have electric blowers plus an electric mower for properties up to one acre. Dogwood has electric blowers.
Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services Inc.
AGZA Certified Service Pro AGZA.net Richard is the Northeast Representative for AGZA.
420 Rt 31, Ringoes, NJ 08551
866-622-6995 Mobile: 908.310.4219
McCoy Horticultural provides off-grid solar charging of their full suite of lage battery-powered commercial mowers, blowers and hand tools. As well they offer options for robotic lawn mower deployment.
Lambertville, NJ 08530
PO Box 453, Princeton Jn NJ 08550
28 Van Dyke Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Phone: 609-651-0505 & 609-466-7458
42 North Tulane St, Princeton, NJ 08542
Princeton Property Maintenance Services LLC
65 Patterson Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610
Mario Sferra Landscaping
Mario Sferra and son
PO Box 171, Blawenburg, NJ 08504
609-466-1946 cell: 609-203-4841
Marcelino’s Design Landscaping
11 Lisbon Ave, Ewing, NJ 08638