THE BAD NEWS
Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit org, is focused on understanding the dangers of using pesticides on our lawns, as well on our farm lands. Apparently, placing yellow warning signs on our lawns does not sufficiently protect us from multiple health hazards, for both us and the entire animal kingdom. The recent $10B Monsanto lawsuit is plenty proof of the dangers, not to mention the abundant science.
THIS THREAT IS REAL AND WE NEED YOUR ACTION!
THE GOOD NEWS
It is still possible to have a healthy green lawn without pesticides!
Below are simple recommendations:
- Mow Your Leaves: When your leaves fall in autumn, mow them with the grass. This will provide your lawn with free mulch and also offer a habitat for nature’s small organisms to build a healthy ecosystem.
- Aerate and Over Seed: In early spring and fall, aerate and over seed your yard. Over seeding is the best way to fight weed growth. If you already have a lot of weeds, you can ask your landscaper to hand pick them, but eventually over seeding will win the day!
- Use Organic Fertilizer When You Seed: As an example, spread granular fertilizer such as Ringer’s Lawn Restore or spread and mow your leaves into natural mulch.
- Test Your Soil: Take a coffee pot full of soil to your local garden center and typically they will test for free your soil’s acidic level (see below image), which determines whether you need to add lime to your yard. You can also get a SOIL KIT to send to the University of Delaware for further testing ($15) to determine if you yard needs other things.
Please talk to your landscaper about going pesticide free.
Most landscapers already provide this service!
The result of this simple change will bring more birds and bees back to your neighborhood.
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