TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LAWN
The non-profit advocacy group Environmental Defense gives some tips on how to care for your lawn and the environment at the same time.
Heavy applications of chemicals are not necessary for a healthy and attractive lawn. Yet in pursuit of-the "ideal" lawn, a potent assortment of pesticides is used by homeowners (who don't always read warnings or follow dosage recommendations). These chemicals are also routinely applied by lawn care companies, which do $1.5 billion of business in the U.S. each year. Some of the chemicals have been linked to human illnesses, pet deaths and bird kills.
A healthy lawn can fight off most pests on its own. You can maximize your lawn's health in the following ways:
Despite your best efforts, your garden may develop some pest problems. Insects are a natural part of a garden ecosystem. Employ treatment only if a pest is doing unacceptable damage or threatening to take over. The goal is to control it with minimal disruption of other species.
Written by: Environmental Defense
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