Schmidt has proactively honed an organic lawn care program and has significantly reduced pesticide use. Through their continual education it has become clear that we all need to pursue alternatives to the harmful pesticides and the commercial fertilizers.
A lawn that receives heavy chemical application may look green and healthy. However, what is actually occurring is a strengthening of the lawn above the ground and a weakening of the lawn’s structure (its roots and the soil). Commercial fertilizers are an empty type of food much like the empty calories humans ingest through refined sugars. Commercial fertilizers leech nutrients from the soil, which in essence damages the natural fertility of the soil; as a consequence lawns become dependent on the fertilizer. Schmidt’s organic fertilizer options feed lawns and soils naturally, strengthening the turf from the ground up without the harmful residual effects.
According to the EPA 67 million pounds of pesticides are applied to lawns per year. Schmidt prefers not to use pesticides because of the negative effects on their customers, applicators, and above all the earth. Schmidt believes that most pesticides used either on turf or on trees and shrubs are unnecessary and dangerous, and that there are many organic alternatives. It is widely known that most pesticides have a negative effect on all elements with which they come in contact. There is no safe pesticide. For example, a very common pesticide that is applied to lawns is 2-4D, a defoliant which kills broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. Most consumers are unaware that 2-4D exposure has been linked to cause numerous neurological diseases and a myriad of different cancers. It is also known to significantly affect animal and human hormones. What’s more, its residual effects are long lasting and are known to appear in water tables. This is just one example. Similar things can be said for most all pesticides. The EPA indicates that homeowners use ten times more pesticides per acre than farmers. Schmidt offers many different safe alternatives to pesticide use that are nearly as effective, without the dangerous side effects.
Here are a few simple ideas on how to manage a healthy pesticide-free lawn.
- Mow your lawn high (3″ or more) and frequently
- Use an organic lawn fertilizer
- Aerate at least once per season.
- Overseed in the fall
- Maintain the thatch in your lawn
- Apply organic pre-emergants such as CMG and organic weed killers
- Reduce your lawn size
Schmidt has built their organic pesticide-free lawn maintenance program on the principle that it is far more important to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of pesticides than to have a weed-free lawn. The more we learn about the dangers, the more we all will recognize that there is nothing wrong with a few weeds in the lawn.