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Skadi Menne

Envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly mulch for De Batterijen

Cus­to­mer report from Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux

The nur­s­e­ry De Bat­teri­jen in Och­ten is one of the lar­gest nur­se­ries in the Nether­lands and has been using our Pro­Li­ne Containermulch for qui­te some time. The mulch is not only par­ti­cu­lar­ly effec­ti­ve against the spread of algae and weeds, but also par­ti­cu­lar­ly sus­tainab­le – an important aspect for the nursery.

Redu­cing the footprint

Erik Mol, who is respon­si­ble for qua­li­ty assuran­ce at De Bat­teri­jen, deci­ded to use Pro­Li­ne Containermulch for a very spe­ci­fic rea­son: „We are pla­cing sus­taina­bi­li­ty more and more at the cen­ter of our work and, as part of this, our goal is to redu­ce our eco­lo­gi­cal foot­print. In doing so, we are ful­ly awa­re that we can­not chan­ge all our pro­ces­ses from one day to the next. Rather, it’s a con­stant pro­cess in which we keep making small chan­ges and thus get a litt­le clo­ser to our big goal.”

The nur­s­e­ry imple­ments the sus­taina­bi­li­ty aspect in many are­as of the com­pa­ny. Among other things, they use only orga­nic pesti­ci­des, fer­ti­li­zers and orga­nic weed con­trol. They also pro­tect natu­re by plan­ting flowe­ring herb and flower bor­ders on their nur­s­e­ry and crea­ting nes­ting sites for birds, bees and other bene­fi­cial insects.

Skal gui­de­li­nes

The nur­s­e­ry star­ted gro­wing plants in con­tai­ners two years ago and made it a goal for all plants to recei­ve the Euro­pean Uni­on’s orga­nic seal. In the Nether­lands, this is awar­ded by „Skal”, a Dut­ch foun­da­ti­on. On behalf of the government, they check the orga­nic cul­ti­va­ti­on at the dif­fe­rent nur­se­ries and in the end they award the seal.

For cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, it is necessa­ry that all sub­s­tan­ces used meet the eco­lo­gi­cal requi­re­ments – and our Pro­Li­ne Containermulch ful­fills the­se expec­ta­ti­ons. For the pro­duc­tion of our mulch, we use coni­fe­rous wood that comes from sus­tainab­ly mana­ged forests (PEFC qua­li­ty mark).

Mean­while, mulch is essen­ti­al in the cul­ti­va­ti­on stra­te­gy in con­tai­ners, other­wi­se the plants are not suf­fi­ci­ent­ly pro­tec­ted from exter­nal influ­en­ces and weeds. After De Bat­teri­jen tes­ted our Containermulch, they were con­vin­ced of the qua­li­ty. The mulch dries quick­ly, is water-per­me­ab­le and breaks up water dro­p­lets so that the top lay­er is not com­pac­ted. This makes con­di­ti­ons unfa­vor­able for the growth of algae, mos­ses and weeds, and in addi­ti­on, the sub­stra­te dries out more slowly.

The nur­s­e­ry took the­se posi­ti­ve expe­ri­en­ces as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to dou­ble the pro­duc­tion of plants in Skal-cer­ti­fied con­tai­ners in the com­ing peri­od, using our Pro­Li­ne Containermulch.