The Common Problem? If your yard has been treated with fertilizers or pesticides, you need to pay attention! Eleven states in america have now approved a ban on fertilizers, and your state could be next. Fertilizers contain high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen, which can cause health issues and, in extreme cases, death in humans, plant-life, animals and aquatic life. Notice, three of those four, are our food supply.
The Effects? The effects can be devastating in more areas than you would expect. In small amounts, exposure to air-borne particles, produced by a fertilized or pesticide treated lawn, are known to cause headaches, arthritis, memory-loss, and other illnesses. In small amounts, continued exposure has caused liver damage, cancer, birth defects and more serious health complications. These common chemicals contaminate many different sources, and in different ways. Whether it’s in items you consume that contain traces of this chemical, or the air you breathe in on your way to the mailbox, through a yard that has been freshly treated. It enters through a scrape on your child’s knee, who is playing in the yard. It’s in the water your family is drinking, which in most cases, even a water purifier can’t eliminate 100% of contaminates. The run-off after a period of rain causes the excess phosphorous to leach into our waterways, creating an over-growth of algae, causing decay of the very plant-life the fish need to survive. It is stressing and killing our aquatic creatures; contaminating and even depleting one of our valued food sources.
The Fines and Consequences?!! In states where fertilizer bans have been approved, home and business owners within a pre-determined distance of waterways are being required to complete a soil test at their own expense. Currently, soil testing is averaging, in the range of $ 500 for home-owners and even more for businesses. If soil testing results show that the amount of phosphorous levels exceed the amount allowed by state regulations, the home or business owner is held responsible. The expense of re-sodding and other types of restoration of phosphorous-laden soil, in now on their shoulders, no matter how deep it goes. If changes are not complied with, fines can get very hefty.
The Rights. As the land-owner, you have rights! You can request that your lawn-care/landscape provider use more organic, environmentally safe, GREEN products on your lawn, to help eliminate the chance of contaminating local resources. There are ways to keep your family safe, your environment clean and money in your pocket without sacrificing the healthy, beautiful yard they play in. These days, there are many voices out there telling you what’s wrong with the world but not many care to find a cure. We are spreading the message about the effects of over-use of fertilizers, and help raise awareness to protect your families. Before you spend money to cover the damage, we have researched organic, non-chemical, GREEN solutions. More than ever, we have to help each other keep people safe, as well as save ourselves some much needed money in these hard times. The responsibility is clear.