“Bloom works better than any product we’ve tried,” says Cheryl Tyiska, manager of Catholic Cemeteries’ historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC. “When we topdress a grave with Bloom, we say we ‘black’ it, because the product is such a dark, rich color, especially in contrast to our native clay soils.” Cheryl explained how important it is for families that the landscaping around a gravesite be quickly restored after a burial, and Bloom is part of that process.

Bloom is just one of Mt. Olivet’s many sustainable elements. Some years ago, when hit with rising impervious surface charges on their water bill, the cemetery got creative. With the help of The Nature Conservancy, Mt. Olivet ripped out unnecessary sections of pavement and installed storm water retention gardens, earning storm water management credits that helped make the project economically feasible. The cemetery groundskeepers also partner with Casey Trees on an aggressive schedule of tree planting, many of which are native species.