Chemical Lawn Care
Chemical lawn care is designed to do two things:
Kill weeds and force grow. And it works...For a while anyway. Then the chemicals start killing off the very micro-organisms needed to convert fertilizer into energy for the grass.
Do you use a service? If so, let me ask you a question, does your lawn look any better than when they first started? I bet your shaking your head, and that's my point exactly!
Look in the phone book, and you’ll see quite an array of service companies all wanting to visit your lawn and all to spray pretty much the same chemicals on your lawn for the best price they can negotiate with you.The dirty little industry secret is turnover. There are so many companies because there are so many unsatisfied customers. For consumers, the dream of a gorgeous no maintenance lawn continues to slip out of reach, advertising and marketing hype ring hollow.
Time for a reality check. The fact is synthetic petrol-chemicals used on lawns to provide abnormally high nitrogen levels are highly toxic,
These force a chemically induced green reaction in your grass but sacrifice the root system to do it. It's a great way to sell chemicals, but it runs contrary to natural law. Talk about bad karma!
When you use chemicals they begin to kill off critical micro-organisms that help compost grass clippings and that are responsible for converting organic matter into energy for the plant to grow and successfully reproduce. As a result, thatch begins to build up, individual grass plants die and leave gaps in the turf, weeds start to dominate, and the pH level continues to plunge! Since the grass is dead, the roots and fungi that normally that hold the soil together aren't there anymore the exposed soil is washed away. And just think you paid an arm and a leg for all this!You can have a beautiful lawn without paying a small fortune, and I can show you how!
How do you get started? Get your soil tested!
Why? Because until you read the print out from the lab it's all guess work. When I have soil tested and then get the lab report, I am an expert on that soils condition and know instantly what needs to be done. A soil report can tell you the same things! It will do the same for you too! There's good information about this on my soil testing page.
pages. A chemical lawn company won't test your soil. Why won't your service get a soil test for you? Because they don’t have the experience to interpret it. Additionally, they don't have the products or experience necessary to change the soil chemistry, so why bother.
Okay, so I said you could have a gorgeous lawn (and healthy!) without paying an arm and a leg.
That being said realize that when you first start with organics your lawn is in its worst condition and is going to need organic inputs to rebuild its fertility. An initial expense and probably not any more than you were paying a chemical company. It is an investment in your soils fertility that pays off year after year.
Once established, your organic lawn will easily cost less to maintain than all those ill-advised chemicals!
There have been volumes written documenting the dangers and health risks associated with synthetic chemicals. It is beyond the scope of this website, however I would not be doing you any favors if I did not make sure that you had access to the same information I have.
There are some very good non-profit organizations that provide a wealth of information simply by visiting their websites.
Pan North America states that a recent report by the Toxics Action Center on ChemLawn (the largest provider of lawn care services in the U.S.) uncovered that over 40% of the chemicals of their consumer product range contain ingredients banned in other countries, and all of the products in their lineup not only pose a threat to human health, but to water supplies, aquatic organisms, and non-target insects.
Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults in the food they eat and air they breathe. Their developing organ systems often make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. The U.S. EPA, National Academy of Sciences, and American Public Health Association, among others, have voiced concerns about the danger that pesticides pose to children. The body of evidence in scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine system, even at low levels. Several pesticides, such as pyrethrins and pyrethroids, organophosphates and carbamates, are also known to cause or exacerbate asthma symptoms.See Select Studies on Pesticides and Children's Health.
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