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Book Excerpt: RILE . . . The Thinking Man’s Approach to Weed Control

Out on the road last week after an extended period at home or in my office, I was reminded that not EVERYONE understands the principles of organic lawn care. It's often easy to get comfortable in one's cocoon and it's useful to be reminded that, many times, new ideas are worth repeating. So I thought I'd begin this week by trotting out some of the principles of our organic lawn program, beginning with an ex ...

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Landscape Sustainability: Examples in Three States

[caption id="attachment_4368" align="alignleft" width="547" caption="On Day 2 of the Mid-Atlantic tour an organic landscape roundtable discussion hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society included PHS project managers Mark Paronish and Julie Snell, along with SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey, Glenstone horticulturist Patricia Manke and organic lawn guru Barry Draycott of New Jersey."][/caption] I just re ...

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Natural Lawn Care: A Thorough Review

This article, published last Friday in Pittsburgh, offers a fairly thorough review of natural lawn care, including links to many excellent products: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/homegarden/s_757182.html ...

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Happy Anniversary to LawnReform.org

The date snuck up on me, but before it creeps away too far, I wanted to send along a shout out to LawnReform.org, the coalition of national garden writers dedicated to toxic pesticide reduction and resource management on the lawn. The two-year anniversary of the first post is this week. The group has stuck to its agenda of providing good, solid how-to information, event notices and just enough opinion piece ...

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A Tale of Two Photographs

[caption id="attachment_4245" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Can you name all the "weeds" in this photo?"][/caption] I mowed the lawn. Or, I should say, I prepared to mow the lawn. I should begin by telling you that I enjoy mowing; I always have, ever since we upgraded from the hellaciously heavy wood and steel reel mower when I was 9 and I was able to push our new gasoline-powered mower all across ...

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Company Boss: TruGreen ‘Didn’t Meet Expectations’

[caption id="attachment_4240" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The ConsumerAffairs.com web site features hundreds of pages of complaints about TruGreen (ChemLawn) lawn care."][/caption] In a surprisingly candid interview with his hometown newspaper, the Memphis Daily News, the CEO of ServiceMaster offered up yet another scathing commentary on the performance of TruGreen, the company formerly known as ...

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Our Organic Lawn Trials: Month 13

Anyone feel the earthquake today? Wow! It was my first earthquake experience in my 50-plus years and, for 30 seconds or so, the world literally seemed to be twisting and turning. I'm guessing it will be one of those "do-you-remember-where-you-were-when" moments. I happened to be at Glenstone, the modern art museum in Potomac, Md., where the grounds staff and management began working with SafeLawns 13 months ...

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Another Kissing Bandit Strikes

We never know when they're going to strike next, but another one arrived today — adding to the growing legion of Kissing Bandits who protest their neighbors' use of toxic lawn chemicals wearing nothing more than our "Kiss My Grass" T-shirts. ...

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SafeLawns Talk Slated for June 13 in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Glenstone Brings Tukey for Pesticide Reduction Seminar WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the application of toxic pesticides in the Chesapeake Bay region, America’s leading expert on natural lawn care will present a free educational lecture titled “SafeLawns: Why & How to Create a Beautiful Landscape Naturally” on Monday, June 13. Sponsored by Glenstone, a non ...

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Are You Falling Into The “More-On” Approach?

May 23, 2011 BLR Green Team: Creating a Sustainable Workplace at BLR Are You Falling Into The "More-On" Approach? by Amanda Czepiel I attended the NEIWPCC conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, last week. Although I have known of the dangers and environmental effects of pesticide use on lawns for years, the keynote speaker, Paul Tukey, really drove the message home loud and clear: Lawn chemicals are most ...

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