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Dirty Little Secrets Your Landscaper Won't Tell You
by RachelleN
May 02, 2015 | 371 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you hire a landscaping company to maintain your lawn, there are a few things you REALLY ought to know.

 1) Less mowing is BETTER for your lawn and saves you $$$. Multiple academic studies have proven that you should let your lawn grow to 2" to 3" in height before cutting it. Here's a link to one of those studies. http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Lawns/leavelie.htm

 

2) A leaf blower can cause permanent hearing damage after just 60 seconds. Why are these things still not banned? Read more here: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/healthy-living/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-hearing-loss

 

There is a ton of evidence (just Google the phrase "leaf blower dangers") that leaf blowers are dangerous to our health. Gas powered blowers spew out toxic pollution and can also damage hearing. Leaf blowers were originally created for agricultural commercial use--not private home use!  

  

3) Insects NEVER CAUSE CANCER but the toxic pesticides landscapers sprinkle on your lawn have been heavily linked to the development of all types of  cancer.

http://www.susunweed.com/A_Campaign_for_Organic_Lawns2.htm.



4) Grass takes a lot of water, time, and effort to maintain. Consider planting more bushes. Once established,  they don't need as much care or as much watering as grass--just a trim now and then. Unlike a lawn, they also buffer street noise and ensure privacy. Trees are another good option. They provide shade and reduce your energy usage by 20%. 

  

5) Potted plants get root bound and are hard to maintain. Yes, they look great on your steps or garden path but plants and flowers that are planted directly into the soil are easier to maintain and won't get root bound. 

 

Knowledge is power.  Use this knowledge to DEMAND lawn service that protects your lawn and your health. When consumers are informed, companies must conform to consumer demand.   

Tell your landscaper that you wish to use organic pest control and manual methods for managing leaves. Mow less often and don't BLOW your leaves. 

Do not hesitate to contact your elected officials to let them know how you feel about the dangerous noise levels and fumes generated from gas leaf blowers. Circulate petitions to ban their use. If you suspect a landscaping company is using banned pesticides or toxic chemicals without proper notification via yellow flags, please report them. 

                          

 

 

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More Trees, Please! Wealthy neighborhoods have the most trees!
by RachelleN
May 02, 2015 | 5534 views | 0 0 comments | 211 211 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

 "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir



If you'd like to request a tree planting on your street or want to report illegal tree cutting or damage, visit this page:

http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/street-tree-planting/request 

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"Before" & "After" Man
by RachelleN
Sep 23, 2014 | 13946 views | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hurricane Sandy has nothing on people! Here's a before and after video of the tree, bush and flower slaughter in one Queens yard. Do you realize that one tree has the cooling power of 10 air conditioners, plus they provide privacy and buffer noise from the street? Plant, don't plunder! 


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Timing Is Everything
by RachelleN
Sep 11, 2014 | 32167 views | 0 0 comments | 875 875 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

     While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of dainty mystery plants sprouting soft downy globes of milky white seeds perched high atop long slender green stems. I experienced my usual “wished I’d brought my camera along” angst and thought about returning to photograph them.

       Fast forward to the next morning. I grabbed my camera and headed out to revisit the striking plants. Huh? The wind had beaten me to them.  Spare strands of filmy translucent wisps remained intact but the bare plants that had been artfully revised by nature looked nothing like the striking delicate beauties I had glimpsed the day before.

      Although similar opportunities would present themselves in the future, I knew that the sunlight would never again shed light on those fragile white blooms in exactly the same manner. Dozens of other changes would also occur over time. The moment had passed. A creative opportunity slipped through my hands because I hesitated when I should have acted. Lesson learned. 

      Have you ever missed out on a creative opportunity because you hesitated when you should have acted?

 
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