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Scotts Miracle Gro Fined $12.5 Million in Pesticide Case

NOTE: As SafeLawns reported back in January, Scotts Miracle Gro pleaded guilty to illegal sales and labeling of pesticides. At the time, the fine was believed to be $4.5 million. Today the EPA announced the total will be $12.5 million: CONTACT: Enesta Jones jones.enesta@epa.gov 202-564-7873 202-564-4355 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2012 Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and C ...

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DC Area Screening to Mark 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

HYATTSVILLE, MD — SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey has agreed to join a panel with the Rachel Carson Council on Sunday, Sept. 9, following a screening of his Emmy nominated film, A Chemical Reaction, at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, Md., just north of the District of Columbia. The free screening of the film, which details the contentious origins of the organic lawn movement in Canada and the United States, be ...

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University of Arizona Embraces Organic Lawn Care

TUCSON, AZ — As a turf manager at multiple professional levels including minor league baseball, the summer Olympics and numerous college stadiums, Matt Anderson admitted he rolled his eyes at the organic lawn care trials he inherited when he took over the grounds at the University of Arizona last January. ...

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The Gloves Come Off: Espoma Launches Full Swing into Lawn Care

Wow. You have to watch this. It is, in its 80 seconds, the most provocative, bold and some would dare say ballsy video ever created in the history of the lawn care industry. And perhaps most stunning of all is the video's creators, the Espoma Company of Millville, N.J., once known as probably the most conservative company in the horticulture industry. Here. Watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScYaPV56L ...

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Miracle Gro for Mitt: Scotts Throws its Weakened Financial Might Behind Romney

To All Democrats and Independents Who Garden . . . LISTEN UP: If Miracle Gro Votes with its Wallet, So Should The Rest of Us Long miffed by what he considers to be the nuisance of environmental safety regulation, Scotts Miracle Gro Czar Jim Hagedorn is voting with his brand's wallet in 2012. Concluding that his fertilizer and pesticide company will have an easier time of getting its products past regulators ...

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A Legacy Revealed: Glenstone Showcases its Organic Lawn for the Masses

[caption id="attachment_5462" align="alignleft" width="540"] The organic lawn makeover at Glenstone, a modern art museum in Potomac, Md., is showcased by Joe Lamp'l's Growing a Greener World on PBS.[/caption] Barely two years from the initial phone call for our consultative services, one of our primary clients — Glenstone — takes a bow today with the airing of an organic lawn care special on Growing A Green ...

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Mowing Alert: Don’t!

With more than half the United States in a drought and much of the continent in warmer-than-normal conditions, the best advice for your lawn right now might be this: Ignore it. That's right. Ignore it. Don't mow. Don't water and don't fret. Sure, if you don't water the lawn it may turn brown, but that doesn't mean it's dying, it just means it's going dormant. Turning brown is a lawn's natural protection sys ...

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Analyze This: Three Years & More than 1,000 SafeLawns Posts Later

With the rest of the world already caught on to the phenomenon known as "blogging," I finally got around to it on June 18, 2009. Why June 18? I have no recollection, really, about why I picked that day to launch what soon became a personal obsession. More than 1,000 SafeLawns posts later, most of them written by yours truly, I remain grateful that enough sponsoring partners and daily readers have conspired ...

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Former Scotts Exec Joins SafeLawns Founder to Launch Consulting Firm

Paul Tukey, Mark Long Form Organic Green Pros FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 4, 2012 Consulting Firm to Focus on Sustainability, Safety Expecting their first child in 2010, Emily and Mitchell Rales decided they could no longer conduct business as usual on the landscape of their massive estate known as Glenstone. “When we, as owners, decided we wanted 100 percent organic protocols for our landscape maintenance p ...

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