Your ‘green’ thumb
There are green gardens, and then there are “green” gardens. It would seem that an inherent part of a garden is eco-friendliness, but not all the products you use to help grow that lush garden may be the best for our environment. Don’t fret, though, because there are a number of companies offering products and tips to help you make that garden truly “green.”
Scotts Miracle-Gro is phasing out phosphorus from its lawn fertilizers, including Scotts Turf Builder brand. Look for a complete removal by the end of 2012. What’s wrong with phosphorus? Well, it can turn aquatic habitats into dead zones. Yikes! Anyway, you don’t really need it — most lawns can flourish without it.
Be on the lookout for Worm Power! Yes, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like — Worm Power’s fertilizer is made by millions of earthworms. Harris Seeds, a provider of organic gardening solutions, is partnering with the brand to offer its organic fertilizer to gardeners nationwide.
Also check out SafeLawns.org, which promotes natural lawn care. The site’s blog offers up useful eco-friendly tips, and allows readers to post questions. According to the site’s founder, Paul Tukey, in five years, organic lawns are about half the cost to maintain than chemically enhanced lawns (even if they’re a bit more expensive initially). It’s all about the long haul.
And we know that ants can be quite the pests, but if you’ve purchased the pesticide Fast Ant Bait on the Internet, don’t use it! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a warning on the pesticide, which contains an ingredient that can cause liver, skin, reproductive and nerve damage.
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