Soil

Soil is the foundation that nurtures and nourishes everything you grow. Stop using chemical fertilizers, they pollute ground water and harm helpful earthworms. Instead, feed your plants with organicfertilizers, or better still, feed your plants soil compost your garden has made itself. All without toxic chemicals, that's important for you, your family and for all those living things in the soil.

Chemical pesticides and fertilizers contaminate surface, groundwater threaten the health of children.

Lawn pesticides and fertilizers can contaminate surface and groundwater. This diminishes the quality of our drinking water as well as the quality of aquatic habitats and health of aquatic life forms. Many fish and aquatic insect species are highly sensitive to fertilizers and pesticides. Children are the most vulnerable segment of our population due to their small size and their underdeveloped physiology. Children are also often the most exposed to pesticides due to their behaviour (putting contaminated grass, soil and toys into mouth, breathing close to the ground). Increased vulnerability and exposure put children at an unacceptably high risk from lawn pesticides.

Chemical pesticides and fertilizers reduce the activity of beneficial organisms.

Healthy soil is alive with a variety of beneficial organisms that actually kill pest insects, decrease the spread of disease and help plants gather nutrients and water. For example, earthworms improve air and water circulation, decompose thatch, deposit nutrient-rich castings and help to neutralize soil (plants prefer this pH). Many of these beneficial organisms are highly exposed and highly sensitive to lawn chemicals. Pesticides and fertilizers reduce their activity levels, thereby reducing a lawn's natural ability to control pests and diseases, gather nutrients and water and maintain overall health.

Chemical fertilizers are a waste of money.

Chemical fertilizers usually contain three macronutrients - phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. They lack other macro as well as micronutrients and include no organic matter or microbes. In contrast, finished compost from your backyard bin is an organic and natural soil amendment that provides a more complete package of nutrients, organic matter and microbes. Finished compost is a free resource that also constitutes sustainable waste management, extending the lifespan of local dumps and landfills.

Chemicals actually degrade the overall long-term health of your lawn and garden.

Chemical lawn care is the wrong approach. By frequently applying pesticides to your lawn, you may create a chemical-dependent landscape. As pest species become resistant to the chemicals designed to kill them, more concentrated doses and frequent applications are required and a never-ending cycle of increasing pest resistance and pesticide use is established. When this happens, your lawn's health is spiralling downhill.

Lawn chemicals are unnecessary.

Historically, organic lawn care has been practiced for much longer than chemical lawn care and it can easily be implemented on any lawn. Safe and effective alternatives exist for most chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There is no need to expose our families, communities and local wildlife to chemicals that are known or potential hazards.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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