We at Southern Ground want to spread the word about organic lawn practices and the benefits associated with taking a natural approach to lawn and landscaping. Here are the 5 secrets that you MUST know before choosing your next lawn care professional.
1). Chemicals used in non-organic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides will likely make it into your drinking water.
Of the 50 chemicals on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of unregulated drinking water contaminants, many are found in chemical based fertilizers.(i) Tests have shown that approximately 17 of the commonly used chemicals in non-organic fertilizers have been found in ground water.(ii) Organic lawns are chemical free eliminating the worries of run-off and leeching into drinking water.
2). Chemicals used in non-organic lawn care programs do affect your health.
Of the 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, almost all have shown to have significant and damaging affects to your health, including, but not limited to, the following: approximately 19 of those chemicals have shown in studies to be carcinogens or produce carcinogens, 13 are linked to potential birth defects, 21 have shown to cause reproductive or fertility issues, 15 have been shown to cause neurotoxicity, 26 have shown to lead to liver or kidney damage, 27 are sensitizers and/or irritants and 11 have the potential to disrupt the endocrine system.(iii)
3). Your lawn has a food chain and chemicals kill it, making your lawn dependent on the chemicals to live.
The soil food chain is really a “food web” and it consists of microbes and insects who actually feed the lawn naturally. Chemical fertilizers do work as a quick fix for your lawn but they also kill the necessary soil food wed. Consequently, the lawn is dependent on chemicals causing it to become much more susceptible to weeds, drought, traffic and requires more water. (iv)
4). Organic lawns save water.
When your lawn grows in a healthy soil, rich with organic matter it acts like a sponge when it comes to water. You will find your organic lawn requires far less water than a chemical lawn.
5). Organic lawns save money.
Organic, natural fertilization programs are affordable and they focus on making the lawn and landscape sustainable. A sustainable lawn requires less attention and less water, saving you money in the long run. And because the lawn is healthier and sustainable, it will always be greener.
i. Greenlee, A. et al. 2004. “Low-Dose Agrochemicals and Lawn-Care Pesticides Induce Developmental Toxicity in Murine Preimplantation Embryos,” Environ Health Perspect 112(6): 703-709; Cavieres, M., et al. 2002. “Developmental toxicity of a commercial herbicide mixture in mice: Effects on embryo implantation and litter size.” Environ Health Perspect 110:1081-1085
ii. Beyond Pesticides Factsheet. 2005. Environmental Effects of 30 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides.
iii. Beyond Pesticides Factsheet. 2005 April. Health Effects of 30 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides.
iv. Lowenfels, Jeff and Wayne Lewis. 2010. Teaming with Microbes. Revised edition. p.172.