The Drumheller valley cut its teeth with coal and now a local landscaper has found the quintessential material to make area yards shine.
Angelo Berlando of Berlando landscaping began using coal as a landscape material and enjoys its deep black luster and durability to area yards.
“I know how expensive mulch can be,” said Berlando. “Coal for one thing is shiny and it won’t fade.”
He says the coal is also good for moisture. topping up mulch, and even the black mulch it fades with time,” he explains. “It breaks down and fades into nothing.” He adds that he has heard the coal discourages spiders and insects.
While he is still trialing the material, so far he likes the look of it. Because coal is rela- tively soft, it does crumble and break down.
“I’m still testing it out but as far as I know it will break down to what they call slack, but it is still going to be black, and you could just top it up,” he said.
While the valley began because of coal, he has to go to Sheerness to get his material. So far, it is proving popular. He has a number of private homes throughout the valley with coal landscaped beds.
“If it lasts a summer, it’s well worth it; it’s cheap and it looks good,” he said. “And it’s part of the valley. This is a coal mining place.”
Angelo Berlando is incorporating coal into his landscape designs and so far it is proving popular in the valley.