Last years heat, and the prior years drought, took a big toll on our lawn. It's really showing this year.
So what have we been doing?
About a month ago, we dug up a few weeds, and sprayed some of the Mega Green Organic Lawn Food Quart RTS fish emulsion we had purchased last fall (we like to purchase in bulk as much as we can to save money in shipping costs, and keep the carbon pawprint lower). Since a lot of our lawn was looking pretty good, and growing very fast with all the rain and cool weather we've been having, we focused spraying the fish emulsion in just certain areas of the lawn that needed help from last year.
Then just last week, the great folks at Terracycle sent us some of their amazing concentrated, liquefied worm poop — nature's premier fertilizer — packaged in a used 1-liter recycled soda bottle. So we couldn't wait to try it out. That's me with the Worm Poo in the pic!
The other day Mum got busy spraying. I have to say that in just a few days we've seen a difference. An area of the lawn that is filled with rock and clay, and suffered a lot last year, is looking oh so much better. We can't wait to see what the next week brings. And we have a little left over that we'll be spraying again in a couple of weeks.
Why do we use such odd products on our lawn?
There are two reasons. It's healthy and safe for us pups, my Mum and our visitors, and it's good for the environment.
Contrary to popular belief and advertising the dangerous lawn chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, that millions of people put on their lawn throughout the year, have been linked to grave illnesses in dogs. Just think, if they kill bugs and weeds, what are they doing to children and pets? And they are not good for the environment.
Last year we posted about our friend Raisin, an adventurous kittie living near a vineyard in California. Raisin was exposed to the pesticides that were sprayed on the vineyard, and those pesticides had the same effect on her that these dangerous chemicals are designed to have on bugs - poison them. Luckily Raisin survived, and out of the experience her loving owner wrote an incredibly informative post about the experience and research she found.
BeyondPesticides.org has a multitude of facts and figures relating to the use and affects of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and insecticides on humans, pets and children. They indicate studies find that dogs exposed to herbicide-treated lawns and gardens can double their chance of developing canine lymphoma and may increase the risk of bladder cancer in certain breeds by four to seven times. (xvii) This site is also a great resource for finding and utilizing organic, eco-friendly, and safe lawn care.
In Canada, eight Canadian provinces have provisions enabling municipalities to enact pesticide by-laws. And approximately 45% of the Canadian population is protected from pesticides. Quebec is leading the way with regulation of pesticide sales and have province-wide protection.
Having an organic lawn is a lot easier and inexpensive than you may think. What are the top tips to keep a healthy, organic lawn?
- Adjust the your soil pH
- Utilize an organic fertilizer
- Overseed and mow High to choke out weeds
Thanks for these tips from "The Truth About Cats, Dogs and Lawn Chemicals", and be sure and watch their video for more information.
For great resources to find organic lawn care products, check out: