Grassroots Action Lawn Care That Doesn’t Cost The Earth

Grassroots Action Lawn Care That Doesn’t Cost The Earth

Lawn Care That Doesn’t Cost The Earth is a series of five articles produced by Pesticide Free Ontario with funding from the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network & Fund. These are fun articles for building awareness and personal action and promoting the elimination of cosmetic pesticides. Below is an excerpt from Article 3, written by Susan Koswan.

Article 3: To amend or not to amend: the zen of composting and using what you have

If our consumer society had its way, we’d be buying annuals every year, hauling in yards and yards of topsoil, fertilizing four times a year and spraying pesticides to kill every bug and weed that had the misfortune to find its way into our yard. The golf course lawn, the flower border, the strategically placed one point two trees …

But what price are we paying for this photo-op? The impact of our lawn and gardening choices don’t stop at the edge of our properties and we must consciously decide whether to be beneficial, benign, or harmful to our world.

I admit I wrote “zen and composting” with my tongue firmly in my cheek, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the path to gardening (and environmental) enlightenment leads directly from that pile of decomposing garden and kitchen scraps in your yard.

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