Stop spraying dangerous chemicals on our lawns; there is a better way!

July 7, 2009 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

lawnThe Issue

Environmentally friendly lawns!

The Larger Issue

  • Only 5% of pesticides reach target weeds, the rest ends up in our water supply or the air we breathe.  Runoff from fertilizers pollutes streams and lakes and cause algae blooms, depleted oxygen and damage to aquatic life.
  • Research has found that dogs exposed to herbicide-treated lawns can double their chance of developing lymphoma and bladder cancer.
  • Of 30 commonly used pesticides: 16 are toxic to birds, 24 to fish, and 11 to bees.  In the U.S. alone, pesticides poison approximately 65 million birds each year.
  • Prolonged exposure to pesticides can cause increased incidences of cancer, certain organ damage, asthma and allergies.

Be Part of the Solution
Why spray potentially poisonous pesticides where your family and pets play?  Try these eco-friendly alternatives instead:

  • To control weeds, try applying corn glutton, available at most garden stores.  It is a natural corn processing by-product and can reduce weed seedlings.
  • Leave grass clippings to decompose on the law!  It has the same effect as one fertilizer application per year.
  • Limit the amount of grass and maximize the use of shrubs (at varying heights) and trees as they provide more cover and protection for wildlife.
  • Remove nonnative plants, replace with natives.  Visit the Association for Florida Native Nurseries as native plants provide better food and cover for native wildlife and require less care and resources to maintain.
  • Of the 800,000 insects that live in our lawns, less than one percent of them are pests to mankind and only about one-tenth of a percent are pests to our lawns.  Good, native bugs include: butterflies, lady beetles (lady bugs), assassin bugs, green lacewings, big-eyed bugs, earwigs, syrphid flies, spiders, lizards, bats, etc.
  • If you are installing sprinklers, consider a drip irrigation system!
  • Mulch!  Adding mulch to your flowerbed slows water evaporation.  You can get free mulch from Pinellas County.
  • If you apply fertilizer and pesticides to your own lawn, contact Gulf Coast Garden Center at (727) 522-3074 or Wilcox Nursery at (727) 595-2073 for eco-friendly product alternatives.
  • If you prefer to hire a service to treat your lawn, contact Spray Green Landscape Services at (727) 639-1333, or Earth’s Best Natural Pest Management.
  • Don’t let your pets eat fertilized grass!  Dogs exposed to herbicide-treated lawns have an increased risk of canine lymphoma and bladder cancer.
  • Try http://www.gardensalive.com/ or http://www.cleanairgardening.com/ for other eco-friendly lawn care products.

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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

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Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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