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Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day

My 'flowery mead' aka my lawn

My lawn might not inspire anyone who demands fine turf, but it is safe for the children who play on it, and my water supply. It has lots of clover which is very green and beautiful. How did clover become a ‘weed’ in the garden? I do not know.

Canada has been more aware of the dangers of lawn care chemicals for longer than the U.S., but that is changing.  With organizations like Safe Lawns and the Lawn Reform Coalition spreading the word Americans are beginning to limit their lawn size and eliminating the poisons that can cause skin rashes and pollute our water systems.

“On Friday, May 6, more than 70 international organizations are aligning with a proclamation to honor the woman credited with instigating an international movement:

“We, the undersigned members of the North American health, environmental, landscape and farming community, hereby proclaim Friday, May 6, 2011 as Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day in honor of Dr. June Irwin’s leading role in passage of North America’s lawn first pesticide ban in Hudson, Quebec, on May 6, 1991.” To see this full story with all the signatories click on the link below.

http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/04/may-6-to-be-lawn-pesticide-awareness-day/

I hope you will all go out today and enjoy your healthy, pesticide-free lawn.

5 comments to Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    Hmmm, I thought you took a picture of my lawn. tee hee… Happy Mother’s Day.

  • I’m like you. I just do not need a pristine lawn. My neighbor does…and I think we drive each other nuts.

    I have created a problem for myself though. I allowed a couple of beautiful thistle plants to thrive…and now a portion of my lawn is a thistle nightmare.

    I’m going to tackle them slowly. I pull a few up every now and then and keep them all mowed down…but there will be no running through the sprinkler in that portion of the yard until I get them all pulled. Yowch!

  • Pat

    Lisa – My lawn is not uncommon.
    Lucinda – I also had a thistle problem, but the grandsons and I went on Thistle Patrol in the early summer for a couple of years and I have not seen many since. I confess I did not snip out one rosette in the Rose Walk last week.

  • We tackled them! My 6yo helped me. We are building a salsa garden on top of the area with the most concentrated thistle population…with lasagna gardening tips I found here on your site.

    I snipped the rest of them out of the lawn with limb loppers. There are a few remaining and I’m sure a few more will come up, but my problem is much more under control and I have a new garden too!

  • Pat

    Lucinda – Hooray for you and the 6 year old. A salsa garden instead of thistles. Perfect!

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