In our ever increasing embrace embrace of environmental stewardship PRP would encourage our neighbors to embrace practices that allow us to look guilt free into the eyes of our grandchildren. When working in your yard this year consider doing the following.
- Reduce the size your lawn and replace some lawn area with native, drought resistant, low maintenance species like groundcovers and ornamental grasses. For more ideas visit the Salato Center in Frankfort which hosts a Native Plant Program (502-564-5280).
- Know that 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled annually while refueling lawn equipment, more than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez. Take care when using this equipment or consider trading your mower in for an electric or push mower.
- Use non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based weed ‘n’ feed products. Corn gluten (available at Tractor Supply stores) is a safe, effective, “pre-emergent” that adds nitrogen to your soil. More information on corn gluten HERE.
- Do not use Roundup or related herbicides with glyphosate as an active ingredient. Despite claims to the contrary this product is acutely toxic to humans, earthworms, and beneficial insects, it reduces nitrogen fixation, and has been found to be persistent: 140 days were required for half of the applied glyphosate to break down or disappear from agricultural soils.
- Consult with an experienced and knowledgeable (!) landscape professional and HAVE FUN out there this Spring!