Sunday, March 27, 2011
The abyss, our lawn!
Last year we just avoided dealing with it and it got bad, really bad, as in knee high dandelions overnight. This year, we are researching ahead of time and calling "green" lawn care companies to see what they can offer. There is a lot of work associated with doing it ourselves, so we would LOVE to find a green lawn care company to do it for us, but every time I look at the MSDS sheets for the "green" herbicides they apply "only once a year" they include risks like damage to the liver and thyroid, carcinogens that cause tumors, danger to marine life when it ends up in the water table. I am not prepared to put our environment and children at risk to have a perfect lawn. I just don't know how these lawn care companies can call themselves green when they are putting chemicals into our earth, even if they are just "one application" per year (with each product I might add) with "1/3rd of the dose of chemicals".
So what if we decided to just give our kids one application of 1/3rd of the mercury in a typical vaccination....? No thanks. That doesn't work for me when I know there are other options out there.
Part of the problem here is people's expectations of what a lawn should look like. Do we really need golf courses for lawns? Why is clover unwanted? It offers the ground nitrogen and it prevents weed growth, it's also soft and fluffy under the feet and grows slow and low so it doesn't require constant care. Personally, I think this sounds fabulous! Get over your golf-course image and consider natural alternatives.
We will be buying and applying organic non-GMO corn gluten first, then we will aerate the ground before over-seeding with organic seed including clover, fertilize a few times a year, then as long as we just maintain this plan annually for a few years, it should get to the point where it's very low maintenance long-term.