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There's A Lawn Under All That Snow!

Eventually it will stop snowing, the snow will melt and homeowners will start thinking about lawn care. When you think about lawn care, why not consider natural lawn care?

Eventually it will stop snowing, the snow will melt and homeowners will start thinking about lawn care. Some of them are already thinking about it. When you think about lawn care, why not consider natural lawn care?

When most people think of lawn care their thoughts are about the large chemical lawn care companies or the do-it-yourself products they can buy at the local big box or garden center.  For some, this is the only type of lawn care they know.

As a certified arborist I have been concerned for many years about the chemical pesticides used in traditional lawn care. They have been shown to cause damage to trees, dogs and humans. I have seen firsthand the damage they can do to trees. I know people whose dogs have died from what they believe is the result of treatments applied to their lawn. There is a lot of evidence linking these poisons to disorders in children such as ADHD, autism and asthma. (See http://BeyondPesticides.org). In older humans, Parkinson’s disease has been shown to be more likely to occur in people exposed to lawn chemicals.

Dogs that walk on lawns where chemical pesticides are sprayed develop certain types of cancer at a much higher rate. Since I don’t use pesticides, my dog and I can walk barefoot on my lawn without fear of exposure to harmful chemicals.  I look out my windows to see the birds, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks at my feeders and feel good that they are not being exposed to poisons.

These are some of the reasons why a growing number of people are turning to natural lawn care.

Natural lawn care is a different way of looking at lawn care. The goal is to have a lawn that is safe for humans, animals and the environment. In nature, the soil and environmental conditions dictate what plants grow without human interference. The idea behind natural lawn care is to make the soil and environment conducive to growing the desired plant, in this case grass and hostile to the undesired plant, in this case weeds.

Traditional lawn care relies on chemical herbicides to control the weeds in your lawn.  They kill the weeds that are present at the time they are sprayed and have no long term effect. This is why they have to treat on a regular basis to keep the weeds out.

By incorporating the nutrients and soil organisms that grass prefers, weeds are discouraged from growing. Using proper cultural practices such as mowing high, proper watering and overseeding the conditions in your lawn become more hospitable to grass than weeds.

In this day and age, homeowners are becoming more conscientious about the environment. The reason to switch to natural lawn care is because you feel that the chemicals used in traditional lawn care are hazardous to humans, animals and the rest of the environment.

Please contact me for further information about poison free, natural lawn care.
Chris Mest---Certified arborist #IL-1367A (847) 562-6215 or chris@theurbanarborist.com

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Scott P Steen March 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Chris that statement was reckless, people as well as pets do get cancer and the example you used was nothing more than a scare tatic!
Tree Guardian March 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I was relating what I was told; what someone believes. Apparently you believe that chemical pesticides are not harmful. If that is what you believe I would not say your statement is reckless, just that I disagree. People can believe whatever they want. As for it being a scare tactic, I believe people should be afraid of chemical pesticides. You evidently disagree. As I previously stated, there is evidence available for people to read and make up their own minds.
Scott P Steen March 14, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Chris your right Its my opinion. May the public also beware of genetically enhanced food and the End of the world .
Willy Uwe April 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Sounds like Mr. Steen is a tobacco lobbyist or something. "Nothing to see here, folks. Smoke away and roll in the good Lord's pesticides"!
Tree Guardian April 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
It's funny you mention the tobacco industry. It is my belief that years from now, hopefully in the not too distant future, the same thing will happen to the chemical lawn industry that happened to the tobacco industry. That is, people will wake up to the fact that these chemicals are harmful and the industry will be forced to admit it and put warnings on their labels.

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