Every year, more and more Southwest residents are becoming aware of the impact they have on the environment and are choosing to do something about it. Whether biking instead of driving, planting native plants, or eating and buying organic, these small steps have a big effect, helping to conserve and protect vital resources.
The following list of local businesses and products offer environmentally friendly choices for those looking to green up their homes and lifestyles.
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake
3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake offers a scenic nature park with many passive and active amenities for public enjoyment, while protecting a section of the endangered Florida sand pine scrub habitat. The park’s lands are vital to the Floridian aquifer system and help replenish the underground water supply. Operating hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily from April-October and
8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from November-March.
County Line Ornamental & Tree
13246 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden
County Line Ornamental & Tree carries an assortment of tropical and cold-hardy plants and trees for all landscaping needs to green up every space imaginable. County Line offers plants that tolerate full sun or full shade, as well as provides palm trees for a Floridian look or live oak trees and crape myrtles for a country look.
Royal Mulch & Nursery
2204 Hempel Ave., Gotha
Royal Mulch & Nursery is a family-owned and -operated full-service nursery. With 18 acres offering plants, shrubs, trees, mulch and sod, Royal Mulch has everything both homeowners and landscapers need to beautify their homes and businesses. Royal Mulch’s brick-paving division is home to the area’s largest outdoor showroom and offers complete design and installation of patios, pool decks, driveways and retaining walls.
ShelfGenie of Orlando
Following the core “green” principle of reusing and repurposing, ShelfGenie of Orlando uses its customers’ existing cabinetry when its professionals custom design, build and install its Glide-Out shelving systems. They use 9-ply Baltic birch, which is a sustainable resource, making Glide-Outs eco-friendly. ShelfGenie’s experts also follow carb-2 emission standards and, whenever possible, use recyclable packing and shipping materials. ShelfGenie Glide-Outs can hold up to 100 pounds fully extended and are backed with a lifetime warranty. Adding Glide-Outs to a home is both affordable and environmentally friendly. Free consultations are available.