Healthy soil creates healthy plants! We can offer suggestions for insect control, grubs, or any other lawn issues without hurting earthworms and other beneficial insects. You will also find that as your soil improves and your turf becomes healthier, the need for controls decreases significantly.
An eco-friendly lawn is greener, stronger and more drought resistant.
Grass will go dormant and turn brown when it is stressed. Lawns treated with eco-friendly fertilizers will have far fewer imperfections and will be less prone to cosmetic disease.
Since an eco-friendly lawn is healthy and rich with eco-friendly matter, it acts like a sponge and holds the water. You’ll find that your eco-friendly lawn requires far less water than a chemical lawn because the water you give it, simply stays with it much longer!
An eco-friendly lawn grows more slowly and regularly than a lawn that is fertilized chemically. You will notice that the roller coaster of growth you experience with chemical fertilizer applications becomes a thing of the past.
Synthetic chemical fertilizers cause skin irritations, digestive symptoms and other health issues. Many synthetic fertilizers contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals and should be avoided. Fertilizers made from hazardous waste byproducts may contain arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, and radon. These toxins are known to cause cancer, kidney disease, diminished fertility, and birth defects. Of the 26 most widely used pesticides in the U.S., 12 are classified by the EPA as carcinogens. Americans use approximately 380 million pounds of pesticides per year. (U.S. EPA. 1998. Office of Pesticide Programs, list of chemicals evaluated for carcinogenic potential). Young children are particularly susceptible to damage from these products and, since they frequently play on lawns, they are at risk of exposure from direct contact.
Overuse and run off is a common problem and can lead to ground water contamination and water pollution. When synthetic fertilizer washes into streams and rivers it can build up, causing eutrification (excessive growth due to a surplus of nutrients). Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients found naturally in the air and in water systems. Fertilizer run-off dumps too many of these nutrients into the water. The resulting algal bloom occurs when water plants become invasive. Fish are unable to get the nutrients and oxygen they need from the water. Also, many pesticides can harm fish, even in very small amounts.
Fungi, and other beneficial microorganisms that naturally occur in the soil, work symbiotically with plants, helping them obtain oxygen from the soil. Some synthetic fertilizers and pesticides disturb this process. When overused, these products make the soil sterile and deplete it over time.
Beneficial insects can be decimated by pesticide use, since pesticides are designed to kill. Most insects are beneficial, performing valuable functions such as pollination. Due to our use of pesticides, the bee population in the United States has suffered dramatic losses in recent years. It makes sense to avoid harmful pesticides in order to preserve beneficial insect populations which control pests naturally. Thus, you should switch to natural, eco-friendly
lawn care primarily because it is better for human health safety and for the environment. It also works just as well or better.When there is a healthy and effective alternative to a more dangerous method it just makes sense. If you are pregnant, have small children, pets or chemical sensitivities there is no reason to create a potential risk by using dangerous pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers.