The group hopes that this information will make you think twice before applying lawn fertilizers and weed killers to your property, and that you’ll come learn about safe lawn care alternatives at a free public workshop on October 27, at 7 p.m. at the Van Vleck Garden House in Montclair.
While Montclair is at the head of the pack in banning the use of synthetic lawn pesticides on public property — one of only 35 municipalities in the state to do so — residential lawn chemical use is still the norm and runs as rampant as — well, weeds — in Baristaville.
Last month, a bill was introduced that establishes new standards for lawn care products and limits the amount and type of nitrogen in fertilizer. Nutrients (like nitrogen and phosphorus) from fertilizer help weeds and algae grow excessively in water, sapping oxygen and killing off fish and other aquatic life. In a state dominated by suburban single-family houses, use of these products on lawns remains the largest source of chemical fertilizer runoff in New Jersey, according to an article in NorthJersey.com. Safe Lawns says that the U.S. Geological Survey has found evidence of pesticide contamination in every body of water tested throughout the state.
Want to join the green lawn movement? How about inviting the folks down the block with the immaculate (toxic) lawn to come with you?
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