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Emerald Equipment Systems Helps Kelco Create Better Soil Option for Landscape Installations

The "Concrete Jungle" is getting a lot greener these days.

Tue July 16, 2013 - Northeast Edition
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New York City has been walking the path of environmental renewal recently, a path that recognizes the city’s need for more green space. The addition of this green space may not be enough for the city to shed the moniker “concrete jungle” but it will be enough to provide residents with an aesthetically pleasing patch of paradise. A lot of these green spaces will be created from scratch, transforming former eyesores into useful parks and fields.

To turn the vision of a greener NYC into a reality, landscaping companies such as Kelco Landscaping and Construction have been a key component. Formed more than 40 years ago, Kelco Landscaping and Construction has provided the New York metropolitan region and the surrounding area with service to municipal, commercial and residential projects. Kelco specializes in complex high profile logistical landscape installations in difficult urban environments.

The green spaces at the High Line, the Hudson River Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park are some notable additions to Kelco’s portfolio.

The High Line preserved the historic elevated freight line above the streets of western Manhattan by converting the elevated rail deck to a public open space. Kelco has installed 800 trees and shrubs, 52,000 perennials and grasses and 4,160 cu. yds. (3,180 cu m) of soil mixes.

Both the Hudson River Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park are projects that have turned old inactive waterfront properties into sites with aesthetic and recreational value. At the Hudson River Park Kelco was the premier landscape installer for the 5 mi. (8 km) park that stretches from Battery Place to 59th Street. For the Brooklyn Bridge Park installation Kelco has installed all water play equipment, which includes an automatic mechanical plumbing and electrical system and automatic UV/sand water filtration systems. Along with these systems there is a playground as well as 400 tons (363 t) of landscape boulders, trees, shrubs, perennials, seed and sod.

With its landscape installations Kelco has engineered soil options that help in the effort of keeping these green spaces green. Kelco’s use of specially engineered soils allows plants to become self-sustaining with the minerals they need for growth and overall health. This omits the need for fertilizers and other additives, which can further pollute the waterways via toxic run off.

To assist with the proper screening and blending of the engineered soils Kelco recently purchased a Powerscreen Phoenix 2100 trommel screen from Emerald Equipment Systems. The Phoenix trommel features a large 6 by 21 ft. (1.8 by 6.4 m) adjustable speed drum with direct wheel drive allowing the drum to be quickly swapped out for one with different aperture meshes should different products be required. The unit also features a 180-degree radial fines conveyor, oversize conveyor, mesh cleaning brushes and a large service friendly engine compartment.

The optional vibrating grid fitted on the Kelco unit above the feed hopper protects the trommel drum by scalping large oversize material that could blow out the meshes. With the Phoenix 2100 dialed in correctly, Kelco is producing a high specification engineered soil at a high production rate of up to 150 yards per hour, according to the company.

For more information on Kelco Landscaping and Construction, call 631/462-2952 or visit

For more information on Emerald Equipment Systems, call 315/437-1977 or visit

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