And Safe Yards Montclair
Is the "perfect" lawn worth the risk?
There is growing evidence that synthetic lawn chemicals can be harmful to children, pets, wildlife, bees, and water quality. It is so critical that each of us understand the price we can pay for our lawn care choices.
The good news is that without lawn chemicals you don't have to sacrifice an attractive lawn nor playable field. We are lucky to live in a time where safer lawn care and landscaping alternatives exist that are not only highly effective, but can save people money over time.
Every yard CAN make a difference.
"Chemical-Free" means you do not use synthetic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) nor chemical fertilizers, and ideally not gas-powered machinery to care for your yard. The reasons to make this switch are strong:
Read more about impacts here.
"Pesticides and synthetics are simply counter-productive to the creation of a healthy system as they do nothing to contribute to soil health. When pesticides are taken out of the equation over time, soils and ultimately grass plants, get healthier." Chip Osborne, a national expert and trainer in natural, organic lawn and field care.
There are several things you can do to help reduce these yard care toxins in your own backyard and community.
2. If you have been practicing natural, organic lawn care, join us in inspiring others to make this shift.
Learn how here.
Inspiring words from Sara, a Montclair resident:
"I am against using any chemicals on our lawn because of the environmental and health risks. As a mom, my top concern is my children and I will not risk their exposure to carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals. But I am also mindful of the larger implications that lawn chemicals pose. There is no way that chemicals will stay contained on my lawn; it is inevitable that they will run-off into neighbors' lawns, the streets and eventually our waterways. Along the way, this run-off poses threats to pets, wildlife, vegetation and ultimately, our drinking water. While there are more and more alternatives to fossil fuels, there will never be a replacement for water. We all must do our part to preserve clean drinking water for generations to come."
Read what other residents and lawn care professionals are saying here.
Founded by Montclair, NJ parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens, we are an incorporated New Jersey non-profit working to inspire a shift in Montclair and New Jersey to yard care practices that are safer for children, pets, and planet. We started because we were concerned by what we learned of the hazards of chemical yard care and inspired by the trends toward practices that are safer, more sustainable, and better for the health of our community.
Join the effort. Lots of ways to volunteer that require little to lots of time. Attend a meeting, email to learn more about getting involved.
- Hire an organic, eco-friendly lawn care service in Northern or Central Jersey. Email us for a list.
Watch this video of a 13 year-old in a Northern Virginia suburb, urging her community to just say "No" to pesticides.