Guide to Environmentally Friendly Pesticide Use
Even if you don’t align yourself with the so-called tree huggers, earth lovers, green activists, or environmentalists of the world, being conscious of the environment- at least the immediate environment around you in your lawn & neighborhood- has many benefits. Pesticides can ruin the fragile ecosystem that exists just in your yard’s soil.
The toxins affect many aspects, not just the pests you want to eradicate. It intoxicates the soil, surrounding plants, water, and beneficial organisms that live in your lawn that protect and nourish your grass. By weakening your lawn or garden in this way, you are increasing the chance and ease it can be infested again, calling for perhaps more or more potent insecticides, slipping into a vicious cycle. Some pest infestations can be treated without chemicals, but if you feel like you must use a pesticide, follow practices that have the least harmful effects on the rest of your yard.
Environmentally Considerate Choices
- Start with the least toxic or concentrated pesticide.
- Always follow the instructions on the label of the pesticide.
- Stay away from broad-spectrum pesticides, if possible.
- Only apply pesticides on the plants specified on the label.
- Avoid systemic pesticides, as plants absorb them.
- Don’t overuse chemicals. Many pests have very short generation cycles and can quickly become resistant to pesticides.
- Consider taking leftover or unwanted pesticides to a hazardous waste facility. Doing so better protects the environment, although throwing them away in the trash at home is allowed.
Both infestations and misuse of chemicals can severely damage one’s lawn. However, working to improve the health of your grass and garden will, indeed, make the grass greener on your side. If you’re looking for a new start, shop our online store or contact The Grass outlet today; we are happy to answer any of your questions and discuss your options.