Not everybody have the same expectations when maintaining green lawns and doing gardening. At least my expectations are totally different than most people…
I moved to the US from my native Spain back in 1999. I started maintaining and offering consulting lawn care services since 2004. Back then, I didn’t know there was a chemical way to maintain lawns and gardens. I always thought traditional gardening and lawn care was just that, traditional, without the use of pesticides. Still today, I don’t really understand why people still choose to apply toxic chemicals on their property, putting people, pets and the environment at risk.
Green lawns without the use of pesticides
If the reason to apply chemicals is to get rid of weeds, there is a non toxic way to do it. Organic gardening is cheaper. Organic takes longer than chemical to achieve good results. However, it is safer, and the long term results will give you an almost weed and disease free garden.
To maintain your lawn using chemicals and pesticides this season, you will most likely be applying the following products;
Chemical fertilizer in the Spring to promote grass growth. Followed by a pre-emergent weed application. Early in the Summer another application of fertilizer and more weed control for those weeds that survived the 1st application of herbicides in the Spring.
Most lawn care companies will apply another round of fertilizer during late Summer. During the Fall, the last application of fertilizer, core aeration, re-seeding and de-thatching is done.
I just re-seeded a new lawn I am maintaining. The homeowner doesn’t want to use chemicals. She knows the whole organic approach, and she also knows that in order to have a healthy lawn without chemicals, she needs to commit to not use pesticides for the next few years.
Pesticides are dangerous, and many towns and municipalities are changing practices, and banning the use of toxic lawn pesticides on private and public land. And just recently the city of South Portland in Maine passed an ordinance banning the use of pesticides.