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SafeLawns Announces Approved Products & Services for 2011

Though the list is expected to evolve continually as it has for the past five years, the SafeLawns Foundation is delighted to announce the initial 2011 list of Approved Contractors and Products. All of these entities have pledged not to utilize or sell any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in their formulations or services (SafeLawns makes no income from the sales of the products from these companies, although in some cases sponsoring fees have been paid to our foundation to support our education and outreach programs):

Approved Lawn Care Contractors:
Colorado:Boulder, www.ecologicallawncare.com

Connecticut:
South East CT, www.BurnettsLandscaping.com
Southern CT, www.PlantscapesOrganics.com

Maine:
Cumberland Co., CascoBaySafeLawns.com
Cumberland Co., Go Green Landscaping
York Co., www.TLCforSafelawns.com

Massachusetts:
Cape Cod, www.OldSodLandscaping.com
Greater Boston, www.MahoneysGarden.com

New Hampshire:
Wolfeboro, www.touchstonepropertyservices.com

New Jersey:
Statewide, www.GardenStateSafelawns.com

Texas:
Dallas, Austin, Houston, www.SoilsAlive.com

Washington State:
King Co., Hendrikus Landscaping & Organics
King Co., Chinook Compost Tea

Fertilizers:
GardensAlive, www.gardensalive.com — One of America’s first comprehensive mail-orders sources for organic lawn and garden tools and materials.

NatraTurf, www.natraturf.com — An excellent source for high-calcium limestone and gypsum.

San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, www.sanjacorganic.com — A great regional supplier from
Texas for the organic lawn care and landscaping industry.

Milorganite, www.milorganite.com — The first-ever SafeLawns approved biosolids fertilizer, which has been produced for the past eight decades in Milwaukee.

High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com — An excellent resources for plants that make great lawn alternatives, drought tolerant plants and grasses and organic lawn and garden products.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com — Primarily a seed cataloguer for small farms and gardens, the company offers a wide range of excellent organic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and amendments.

East Coast Organics, www.eastcoastorganics.com — A Maryland company with tried-and-true, easy-to-apply organic products, including pelletized compost.

Compost:
East Coast Organics, www.coastofmaine.com — A long-time Maine company offering premium products, with garden center distribution throughout the Northeast from Maine to Virginia.

Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com (see above)

High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com (see above)

Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com (see above)

Purple Cow Organics, www.purplecoworganics.com — A terrific regional compost manufacturer from Wisconsin with a great reputation.

Compost Tea:
Chinook Compost Tea, “>www.eastcoastorganics.com
(see above)

True Brewer, www.truebrewer.com — A resource for compost tea brewers from 30-gallon units to 250-gallon professional models. A 5-gallon homeowner model will soon be available as well.

Groundcovers:
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com (see above)

Weed Killers:
Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com
San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, www.sanjacorganic.com
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com

Pest Control:
Natural Industries, www.naturalindustries.com — A Houston-based company selling a natural fungicide known as Actinovate that will take care of most fungal diseases related to turf care.
Azasol, www.azasol.com — The world’s first powderized, water soluble neem product that can be applied to plants and turf with a hose-end sprayer to control a wide range of insects.
Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com
San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, www.sanjacorganic.com
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com

Soil Amendments:
Natural Industries, www.naturalindustries.com
East Coast Organics, www.eastcoastorganics.com
Coast of Maine Organics , www.coastofmaine.com
Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com
Purple Cow Organics, www.purplecoworganics.com

Tools:
Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com

Mail Order:
Natural Industries, www.naturalindustries.com
East Coast Organics, www.eastcoastorganics.com
Gardens Alive, www.gardensalive.com
High Country Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com
San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, www.sanjacorganic.com

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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  • http://www.CarrollLandscapingServices.com Tom Carroll

    Why am I not seeing Fire Belly Organics on the approved products list or am I just missing it?

    • Paul Tukey

      Tom,
      Thus far in 2011, Fire Belly has not opted to renew its application for the SafeLawns Approved program. If anything changes in that regard, we will post it immediately.

  • Steven Mozley

    Paul,

    Can you direct me to a recommended training and certification process for service providers wishing to provide natural or organic lawn and turf care assitance and services?

    Thank you for your and Safelawns leadership and work!

    Steven Mozley
    Springfield, IL

    • Paul Tukey

      Steven,
      We consult with landscape companies all across the US and Canada and a few have the SafeLawns Seal of Approval. The Northeast Organic Farmers Association offers classroom style training several times a year at http://www.organiclandcare.net.

  • http://www.MyUrbanHabitat.com Brett Brennan

    Paul,

    Can you direct me to a recommended training and certification process for service providers wishing to provide natural or organic lawn and turf care assitance and services in the Southern California area?

    Alos, how would we get information on becoming a SafeLawn approved contractor?

    Thanks

    Brett

    • Paul Tukey

      Brett,
      I don’t know of any place in Ca. that offers this. The only accredited program in the U.S. is run by http://www.Nofa.org and folks from all across the US go there. SafeLawns does offer consulting services in addition to the approval program. Send me an email at paul@safelawns.org and I’ll be happy to connect you with an application.
      PT

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