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5 Winners Picked in Chemical Reaction Contest

Our social networking director at SafeLawns, Cori Dimes, announced the five winners drawn at random from our Facebook contest. Entrants were asked to answer the simple question: “Why is Pesticide Free Living Important to You?” The winners received a free copy of the film, A Chemical Reaction.

Forty-six people took the time to answer and enter and some of the answers were quite profound and definitely worth the time to read all of them. If you’re on Facebook, you can click here to find them: If you become a fan of the film on Facebook, you’ll automatically be eligible for other movie related contests in the future. Here are the comments of the five winners of a free copy of the film (which were chosen at random, not for the quality or content of the responses):

Diane St John: “I am lucky to be surrounded by people who taught me how to garden without pesticides. Now I want to teach as many people as possible too! By lending out your movie for the last few weeks to friends, one called to cancel their lawn service w/ Scotts and another decided to not sign up in the first place. Many others are hopefully giving it a lot of thought. Thanks for the movie-it is really making a difference. I will continue to lend it out forever. I am living pesticide free for my family and all the neighborhood children.”

Marti Gilchrist: “Pesticides are nasty! And many of them, over time, break down into even more harmful toxins. We track them into our homes on the soles of our shoes and then our babies crawl on the carpet and are exposed to them. The long-term health affects can be devastating.”

Jason Baumgarth: “Three dogs, my 13- year-old, and the beautiful sound of songbirds in the morning. I can’t think of better reasons not to use pesticides on my lawn.”

Pat Smith: “Living pesticide free is about so much more than me. It is about all of the living creatures. It is my family and friends, my favorite pets, the children who are our future. None of us is alone in this world and whatever happens to one of us affects all of us. When a child is injured and develops a learning disability it is every taxpayer who bears that burden. More and more we see research into illness pointing to pesticides and other environmental toxins. We all pay for illness in dollars and emotions. How many of us have lost a loved one to cancer? So much is pointing to pesticides. How can we allow pesticide use after seeing the effects of Agent Orange? It is also about the other living things here on earth. We sprayed madly for EEE and the bats got sick and the bees disappeared. We should all listen to the birds and bees! Pesticide free is about health and wealth. It is about maintaining a balance in our ecology. You do not want to make mother nature angry because when mama isn’t happy, nobody is happy.”

Ellen Hunt: “I am concerned about chemicals seeping into the ground water and waste water. I am also concerned about the health and wellbeing of birds and other wildlife.”

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • John Shuler

    Hi Paul,
    It was very nice to meet you in Baltimore tonight. I am the winner of the $100 gift certificate from Gardeners Supply. I thoroughly enjoyed your film and thank you for bringing this message to us. I have influence over the treatments we use at our local swim club which is 6½ acres. I also plan to contact Baltimore County Parks and Baltimore County Schools to see what they use. Maybe I’ll chat with the managers of the garden products at the local Home Depot and Lowes stores.

    About twenty years ago I became uncomfortable with use of Chem Lawn because of children and pets. There brochure gave me an address to write to for a list of the chemicals used in their products. They were nice enough to send this list but I was shocked at how many chemicals they used. I decided never to use their service again. Although I grow a good crop of dandelions and violets each spring, I find the colors beautiful and have even convinced my wife (I pick her a bunch of violets each spring). Although I love my neighbors, one uses TruGreen and the other Scott’s 4-part treatment. My challenge is to nicely convince them to cease having their treatments end up on my lawn. I plan to search your website for advice.

  • Alessandra Roseland

    When ready to transplant the grass, go one inch in the size of the ship yard. If the plant is in a two-inch pot, go to a garden pot three inches. Leave the roots alone and be careful not to bruise the delicate stem.

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