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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.

Lawn Care

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:

Garden Care

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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