Thursday, September 20th: Can we do it, can we do it? We Can, We Can! Celebrate P2 WEEK, POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK. This week (September 17 – 21) is sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. The theme for 2012 is ‘Safer Chemicals for a Safer World’.
Day 1: Awareness and Education of Chemicals in Products
Day 2: Chemical Substitution for Home and Workplace
Day 3: Buy Less Toxic Cleaning Supplies or Make Your Own
Day 4: Alternative Yard Care Solutions
Day 5: Buy Local – Reduce Pesticides, Transportation Fuels, and GHGs
Day 4 (Thursday) focuses on: Alternative Yard Care Solutions. Here are some tips on safe and easily available cleaning supplies for your home or business.
— Over time, lawns and gardens using organic fertilizers or compost require less maintenance than those using chemicals.
— Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre (3.2-9.8 lbs. per acre on average) than agriculture (2.7 lbs. per acre on average). (1980 numbers)
— In 2004, more than 78 million American households used home and garden pesticides. Only 5 million American households used solely organic methods.
— Fertilizers account for 80 percent of the phosphate discharge to waterways.
– This link contains some smart tips for green lawn care.
– This article explains how to “read” weeds in your lawn and respond accordingly without using fertilizers or pesticides.
– This link has facts about commercial and chemical fertilizers.
– organic fertilizers.