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Maryland Enacts Most Comprehensive Regulation of Lawn Care

Starting today, the dying Chesapeake Bay is getting some help. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation that limits both the content and the application of fertilizer for urban and suburban lawns, an effort supporters say should help rescue the nutrient-polluted Bay area. The law bars any phosphorus in any fertilizer except those meant to boost growth of new or repaired lawns. It also limits nitroge ...

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Program Note: Check Out Martha Stewart Radio Tuesday (Tomorrow)

We just confirmed that SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey will be the guest of Martha Stewart Living Radio on Tuesday, May 3, at 9 a.m. Eastern time on "Homegrown" on Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius 112 and XM 157). Tukey is booked for two 20 minute segments to discuss natural lawn care. You can email any comments or questions at radio@marthastewart.com. You can call in and be part of the show at 866-675-6675 ...

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Raking or Dethatching? If So, Be Sure to Overseed

Lots of folks in the northern tier of the United States and Canada are spending their weekends on the business end of rake. It's best to avoid that if possible, but if you must rake and/or dethatch your lawn, you should read this post first: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2010/04/dethatching-now-later-or-never/ ...

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Use New Neem Product for Grub Control

Since our post last week about mole and vole control, we've had numerous questions about the water soluble neem product known as Azasol. Neem is derived from the seeds of an evergreen tree, Azadirachta indica, native to India. Neem oil has been available in this country for about 20 years, but the patented water-soluble innovation is relatively new. Since the white powder is water soluble, it's far easier t ...

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Voles or Moles? Identification is Key

[caption id="attachment_3130" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Voles, otherwise known as field mice, are vegetarians that eat roots, leaves and bark. (photo: www.IMustGarden.com)"][/caption] We have the soil trails visible now that the snow is melting away. My neighbor has the piles, vivid conical evidence of a lawn perpetrator. The pests in these two scenarios, however, are not related — and often va ...

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Pearls Premium Joins SafeLawns Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [caption id="attachment_3121" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="Pearls Premium grass seed is a low-maintenance option for North American lawns."][/caption] WAYLAND, MASS. — Pearls Premium, the little Massachusetts seed company that has helped spark a national conversation about environmentally friendly lawn grasses, has joined the nationwide SafeLawns Foundation's movement. "The w ...

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Alternative to Corn Gluten for Crabgrass? Try Compost

The interest in corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent weed control for crabgrass and other weeds continues to amaze us here at SafeLawns. Our post on the subject was easily the most visited of the year thus far. And since we're not big fans of corn gluten meal, especially given the cost, loads of folks want to know about an alternative crabgrass preventer that doesn't involve toxic chemicals. The answer(s) all ...

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Espoma Joins SafeLawns Movement

For Immediate Release 3/22/2011 Pioneer in Organics Supports Educational Initiative MILLVILLE, N.J. — As part of an ongoing effort to reinforce its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, The Espoma Company announces a partnership with the SafeLawns Foundation to support educational programs for natural lawn care and gardening in 2011. SafeLawns, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organizat ...

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Iron May Be the Key to a Green Lawn

In our lawn obsessed culture, homeowners are conditioned to pile on fertilizers high in nitrogen. Soils and grasses have varying abilities to deal with all that nitrogen, however, and all sorts of factors may limit how green your lawn can become. The pH can be too high, or too low. The soil may be overly compacted, or the grass can be genetically predisposed to be light green. For the ultimate green color o ...

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Guest Blog: A Mom’s Guide to Pesticide Activism

Kim Barletta of Freeport, Maine, is a home schooler and avid outdoor adventurer. RESPECTFUL PRODDING CAN GO A LONG WAY TOWARD PESTICIDE REDUCTION Spring is on its way, and I wanted to write to you about pesticide applications at health care facilities (and any other public place where folks go and don't want to be exposed to chemical pesticides). For several years now, I have been doing what I can to help e ...

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