Healthy yards are maintained and planted to maximize the health of the entire ecosystem – the water, soil, plants, insects, birds, and humans. Because they are more natural, they become easier to care for, support biodiversity, and are more fun to enjoy.
Pesticide use is harmful to humans and pets and is linked to cancer, hormone imbalance and neurological problems. Pesticide applications are bad for soil health and kill good microorganisms along with natural predators of pests. Pesticides also kill the beneficial insects and pollinators as well as insects our birds need to survive.
Use natural, less harmful methods to take care of problems with insects and diseases in plants. Planting more resilient plants will also help.
Rather than using toxic chemical fertilizers, lawns and gardens can be nourished with grass clippings and leaves mulched on the lawn, or by sprinkling in compost.
Compost not only gives your lawn and plants nutrients, but it also helps retain moisture, creates better soil structure and it feeds the microorganisms in the soil that help store carbon.
If you have native plants, grasses and groundcovers that are adapted to the local conditions, and mow high, you should not need fertilizers or other amendments.
Another good strategy is to decrease the size of your lawn over time and plant a native garden which will create habitat and sequester more CO2.
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