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Small Victories: The Neighbor Goes Organic!

Yesterday a truck for a local organic lawn care company showed up to apply product to our neighbor’s yard.

As I’ve noted here before, we moved to a new neighborhood last year. We have since cringed when lawn after lawn is sprayed with toxic pesticides to kill the weeds and sprinkler systems go off daily to keep the sidewalk and roadway suitably watered.

Wanting to keep the peace, my wife has asked me to keep my sometimes loud mouth shut — but she did allow me to put up one of our “Safe to Play: No Pesticides, No Way” lawn signs facing in the direction of a neighbor with two children who, at least last year, hired TruGreen ChemLawn to coat their grass with poisons that my own daughters were invited to play upon.

Well, it seems the sign might have worked. Yesterday a truck for a local organic lawn care firm pulled up and applied a granular fertilizer. Unlike the visit last year when the shrill scent of 2,4-D wafted through the neighborhood, this time no odor was discernible.

It was just one lawn of many, but as we’ve always said here at SafeLawns, this is a long conversation, one lawn at a time.

Maybe, must maybe, this sign has something to do with our neighbor’s conversion to safe lawn care.

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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://naturebydesign.blogspot.com/ Diane S

    This is awesome! This is a real victory showing that the general public can be open to being more responsible and creating a safer yard for their family. I’m still working on it on my street–I’ve got my beautiful organic Safelawn out front, my little meadow on the side and my 100% organic lawn sign out. Still, the yellow sign appeared next door last week. I’m not giving up!

  • http://naturebydesign.blogspot.com/ Diane S

    This is awesome! This is a real victory showing that the general public can be open to being more responsible and creating a safer yard for their family. I’m still working on it on my street–I’ve got my beautiful organic Safelawn out front, my little meadow on the side and my 100% organic lawn sign out. Still, the yellow sign appeared next door last week. I’m not giving up!

  • http://www.redtrucks.net/ Jason

    Fantastic.  I have a great admiration for the guys @ Simply Safer they understand lawn care.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VFEOQKCRKCKZH3ZCDP3ABZD2QM Irene

    I enjoyed watching two people playing in their yard. To have a  Lawncare on our garden or yard is very important because our yard is a great place to have a safe bonding of our family and friends. You’ve done an excellent post. I will bookmark this site so that I can revisit this site in the future. Thanks.

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