2. Can I still have a full green lawn without pesticides?
Yes! Lush, green lawns are often chemically dependent, andtherefore prone to disease. The goal is for people to have safe,healthy lawns and gardens that aren’t dependent on chemicals for their appearance. Many lawn care companies and garden centresnow specialize in organic gardening and non-chemical alternativesand can offer expert advice and service.
3. Do “Weed and Feed” products contain pestitcides?
Yes, Even though their packaging looks pretty tame, “Weed andFeed” products are especially hazardous because herbicides areapplied over the entire lawn, not just where weeds are present. Also,they take a long time to break down, continually exposing humans,animals, birds and insects.
4.. What do I do if I have a serious pest problem I can’t deal withorganically?
Tillsonburg has not yet passed any by-laws restricting the use of pesticides. Contact your local lawn care service provider so theymay help deal with the problem using the least amount of pesticidespossible.
Books you can buy and may be available at the TillsonburgPublic Library:
Real Gardeners’ True Confessions, Pat Stone Editor Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy, Lorren Nancarow & Janet HoganTaylor Insect Disease & Weed ID Guide, J. Cebauko & D. Martin, ed.The Chemical-Free Lawn, Warren SchultzHow to Get Your Lawn & Garden Off Drugs, Carole RubinHow to Get Your Lawn Off Grass, Carole Rubin
Lawn CareSteps to a Healthy Lawn1. Mow high – grass makes food through its leaves
.• 2” is an absolute minimum, 3” is best• long grass blades keep their roots cool, shade out weeds, making itharder for them to grow – never cut more than 1/3 the height at asingle mowing• only cut when grass is dry and make sure the mower blades aresharp• leave clippings on the grass, because it reduces the need for nitrogen fertilizer • consider installing a mulching blade on your mower
2. Water deeply and seldom ( Depending on Soil)
• Kentucky bluegrass needs 1” of water a week, fescues andperennial rye grasses need half this much depending on soil.• frequent light waterings cause shallow, weak roots, leading todormancy during the first dry spell• consult your lawn care professional about over seeding with a moredrought tolerant grass mixture
3. Aerate and over seed
• aeration gives roots room to grow, helps nutrients and water reachthe roots, gets oxygen into the soil, and helps reduce compaction• for in-town lawns, it probably takes an hour or so to do, so splitrental cost with a neighbour ($50 half day), many lawn carecompanies offer this service• compacted soils encourage dandelions and plantain• aerate once a year, the best time is between May and June, whenground is still soft and there are fewer weed seeds blowing around• rake smooth and over seed with fescue or perennial rye