Avoid the Use of Pesticides by Installing Artificial Grass

Article written by Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division.

There are many benefits to installing artificial turf in your yard. It is a solution that requires almost no maintenances and saves you money over time thanks to reduced water usage, purchasing of yard tools and doing major repairs. But an artificial grass installation is more than just fiscally smart — it is also good for the environment.

Saving in water usage is just one way that switching to artificial grass for your yard can help the environment. Most lawns require regular use of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals in order to remain healthy and look green. Making the move to an artificial lawn eliminates the need for regular chemical treatments since the lawn always looks great. If you do proper routine maintenance like keeping organic matter from rotting at the base of your lawn, you can almost be assured of not needing weed killers.

Why should you care about pesticides? Here are a few reasons:

Having pesticides in your home creates poisoning risks. In one eight year stretch in California more than 7,600 people reported being poisoned by pesticides, with 200 people requiring hospitalization. Many of these people were children who had come into contact with pesticides that had just been applied to a yard or garden or who had found pesticides within the home. Pets can also be poisoned by pesticides.

Cancer risks are associated with pesticides. Several studies have suggested a link between exposure to types of chemicals found in commercially available pesticides and elevated risks for cancer. One study in Sweden showed that people exposed to glyphosate — a common ingredient in common garden pesticides and weed killer — were three times more likely to contract a form on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Pesticides can potentially damage the environment. Chemicals such as glyphosate can live on months after they were sprayed and seep into groundwater or make wildlife ill and kill other neighboring plants. There is research to suggest that second-hand exposure to glyphosate can keep plants from converting nitrogen in a way they need to survive.

Whether you use pesticides in your garden to treat bugs, weeds and other problems is ultimately a personal choice. But reducing the amount of pesticides and other chemicals that are used around your home is almost certainly a good thing. Switching to an artificial turf lawn lets you significantly cut down or even eliminate your dependence on chemical pesticides for your yard.

Summary: Pesticides can create dangers to people, pets and the environment. Find out how switching to an artificial grass lawn can help you to eliminate these potential issues.

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Basic Gardening Tips

If you garden everyday, you might come across several small issues to which we sometimes have no solutions. The list below might help you in certain situations.

  1. If you wish to remove salt deposits that have formed on your clay pots, you could use a mixture of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and water in equal parts. Let the pot soak the mixture briefly and then scrub it using a plastic brush. Let the pot dry completely before planting anything in it.

  1. Dirt and soil can often get under your fingernails while gardening. To prevent this, you can drive your nails across a piece of soap. This will ‘seal’ the undersides of your nails and prevent dirt accumulation. After gardening, you could just use a nailbrush to extract the soap and your nails would be instantly clean.

  1. If the line of your string trimmer is constantly jamming or breaking, you could consider treating it with some vegetable oil prior to installing it on the trimmer.

  1. You can turn your long-handled tools in measuring sticks. This would provide an additional benefit of using them and would serve as handy measuring instruments. Using a tape measure and a good permanent marker, you can draw inch or foot marks on the handles of your tool. This would be particularly useful when it comes to spacing plants a specific distance apart in order to ensure their proper growth.

  1. If you are often looking for garden twine, you could store a ball in a clay pot and hanging up and let the twine pass through the drainage hole. You would only have to pull the end when you need it.