Safe Lawns: National Mall Goes Organic
Portions of the National Mall in Washington D.C. are going “organic”. SafeLawns.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting natural lawn care and grounds maintenance, is maintaining two panels of the popular park with all natural techniques and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. The organization completely overhauled one section on the eastern end by tilling, adding compost, seeding, and topping the area off with a compost tea. This portion of turf will be irrigated through October 2008. SafeLawns is maintaining a second section of grass with core aeration, liquid compost, and seeding, but no irrigation. A third section, serving as the control, is being maintained without irrigation and using the same conventional techniques that the National Park Service has used in the past. The three panels of parkland opened to the public this April. SafeLawns will maintain the two areas of the park at no cost through August 2009. To learn how to maintain your own patch of turf without pesticides or other harmful chemicals, Paul Tukey, founder of SafeLawns.org has published a book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, with full color photographs and well organized content. The Organic Lawn Care Manual is available for sale or reference at LocalMotion’s office. Or, call LocalMotion or visit our website: www.localmotiongreen.org for a list of lawn care professionals who can do the dirty work for you.
-Melissa Cooper Sargent, Spring 2008
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