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.
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.
For more information:
- Glenstone (where this episode was filmed)
- Organic Lawn Care, Step by Step (on Safelawns.org)
- Joe’s podcast with Paul Tukey on his founding of Safelawns.org
- Joe’s podcast with Paul Tukey about his movie “A Chemical Reaction”
- The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn by Paul Tukey
- Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games by Paul Tukey
- Having Faith: an Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber, book Emily mentions in the episode
- The Glenstone Model: A Landscape Plan for Businesses, Municipalities Everywhere (on Safelawns.org)
- Chef Nathan’s Recipes for Ginger Mint Lemongrass Tea and Lemongrass Coconut Jasmine Rice