An Environmental Solution Hidden in Plain Sight

For centuries, people have recognized the value of peat. Both Sphagnum and reed-sedge peat can be used to create landscapes, materials and products for the benefit of humans. There is evidence in the historical record that humans have been using and benefitting from peat and peatlands for centuries. Perhaps the most known historical use of… Read more »

Get to Know the Humble, Mighty Sphagnum

The Sphagnum genus is made up of hundreds of species of low-growing mosses. Even though most people don’t know the term Sphagnum, the image of Sphagnum moss calls to mind the hummocky, wet ecosystem of bogs and swamps. Although Sphagnum can be found across the globe, it is most often associated with the boreal peatlands… Read more »

Peat: It’s Not All Created Equal

Peat seems to be one of those terms like “plastic.” We use it as a catch-all, whether we’re talking about polyethylene terephthalate in our soda bottle or polyvinyli3dene chloride in our cling wrap. Just as those types of plastic have different forms and functions, the term “peat” can also be described more specifically depending on… Read more »

What is Peat?

The Story of Peat Accumulation Begins with a Single Plant. What is peat? How is peat formed? Why is peat suddenly getting a whole lot of media attention? To answer these pressing peat-focused questions, APT VP of Sales and Research, Peggy Wallgren Jones, has taken to the blogosphere. Peat is partially decomposed plant matter that… Read more »

Simple Stormwater Management: Booms filled with Peat Media

Stormwater water quality regulations are getting more restrictive, and best management practices (BMP) are evolving to meet the challenges of lower benchmarks and permit limits. BMPs are considerably more complex and costly than they’ve ever been. At the high end, systems such as electrocoagulation require a dedicated footprint, unrelenting maintenance and tens to hundreds of… Read more »