Sustainable Landscaping and Chemical-free Yards: The Earth-Friendly Grass is Always Greener

Tips for environmentally friendly lawns and landscaping

| July/August 2007

Americans crave lush landscaping. We want a place for our kids to play, our dogs to run and our neighbors to admire. But at what cost? The typical summer lawn-care routine often depends upon commercial fertilizer (made with fossil fuels), toxic chemical pesticides, water-wasting sprinkler systems and gas-guzzling, air-polluting lawn mowers.

We’ve been brainwashed into believing our yards are deficient if we don’t have a weed-free carpet of lawn, says Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual (Storey Publishing, 2007) and founder of SafeLawns, an organization that promotes natural yard care. Yet most of the synthetic landscape products we use to achieve these “Stepford lawns” are harmful to people, animals and the environment.

The more chemicals we use, the more we need, because we eventually kill the good—beneficial insects, microorganisms and plants—along with the so-called bad, Tukey says.

“It’s self-perpetuating,” he says. “Using chemicals creates the need for more pesticides and herbicides. We call these lawns ‘rugs on drugs.’”

Fortunately, you can end the cycle of landscape chemical dependency.

Safe stimulants for your soil

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A good alternative in a environment that is hard to grow natural grass is to have a artificial grass lawn. It requires no pesticides , no water (except for cleaning) and no fertilizers. And it looks and feels very realistic see for yourself.

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