Episode 305: Organic Lawn Care

In the home- and business owner’s quest for the perfect green lawn, we can do some pretty terrible things to the soil, water, and the environment.

Sustainable organic lawns

The quest for a green lawn doesn’t have to include chemical fertilizers and weed killer

Creating beautiful expanses of green usually come at a price – in the end you can’t walk on them, can’t play on them, they’re created using chemicals that aren’t safe to breathe or touch – not to mention those chemicals making their way to our streams and rivers!

The good news is, even if you’re not up for complete lawn replacement (stay tuned, future topic) there is a way to create an incredibly beautiful green grass lawn without the use of chemical weedkillers, pesticides and fertilizers. Whether you seek a large expanse of turf for a business or organization like the one featured in this week’s episode, or you’d like to do it in your own front yard, this episode is for you.

Today we’re going to visit the owners of 16 acres of perfect lawn managed organically. This is a private estate with an all-organic lawn converted just a few years ago.

In this episode we talk to THE expert in organic lawn care, Paul Tukey, widely recognized as North America’s leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies. Once a chemical-soaked lawncare professional himself, author and speaker Paul now brings organically-managed turf techniques to the masses, including creating an organic lawn on the National Mall, Glenstone Estate Museum (featured in this episode), and working closely with landscaping professionals on training and techniques for reducing and eliminating chemicals in landscape care.

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Growing A Greener World is a national gardening series on Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm to table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a difference through gardening. This gardening series covers everything from edible gardening and sustainable agriculture to seasonal cooking and preserving the harvest.

Comments

  1. says

    I want to congratulate you on this initiative. It’s is good to see people who raise the awareness on green and sustainable living. Organic lawn care is a small, but very significant step in the right direction. You have my admires.

    Kind regards,
    Pol

  2. says

    Ideal growing conditions are very important for organic lawn management. If the grass is flourishing, it ought to overcome weeds and be more resistant to drought, pests and diseases.

  3. says

    Loved this video. Thank you… Also enjoyed the tea party at the end. My one suggestion is to add white sugar which is a known toxin to such beautiful ingredients does not work for me. How about organic pure maple syrup, or unrefined organic local honey or even organic cane juice crystals. A thought for the future maybe?

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