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LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING
FOR A SAFER OUTDOORS
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THE LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING
A TIP Less Toxic Living Guide
© 2008, Liberty Goodwin
**Why Less Toxic Landscaping?
**Why An LTL Resource Directory?
**How Were the Listings Chosen?
**How to Use the Guide
P. 8- 30 LANDSCAPING RESOURCE LISTINGS:
Descriptions and contact info in three categories:
SUPPLIES, P. 8, INFORMATION, P. 15, SERVICES, P. 19
These are organized alphabetically within groups.
Supplier listings are also divided geographically:
Northern Rhode Island & Massachusetts, East Bay,
South County & Connecticut & Special Resources.
P. 31 TIP BOOK STORE- MORE GREAT RESOURCES
**PESTICIDES ARE POISON. That’s why they are used – they kill things (bugs, bacteria, plants – and animals).
**HUMANS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO PESTICIDES. Animal testing is done because the canary or rat will show results sooner, and human testing is dangerous, and unethical. Nevertheless, many studies show that serious health effects are associated with exposure to the toxic chemicals in commonly used pesticide products.
**LOW LEVELS = SLOW POISONING. Large amounts of toxic chemicals cause acute, immediate reactions, even death. Smaller, dilute exposures cause damage over time.
**YOU, YOUR KIDS & PETS – ARE THE GUINEA PIGS. The pattern is simple. Most testing is not done by government, (and companies have been successfully sued for lying about safety findings). Products are approved for marketing, based on manufacturers’ claims. Years later, some of them are removed from the market because they have proved to be dangerous to animals, the environment, or humans. DDT & Dursban are examples. Others are in process of removal.
**PESTICIDES ARE A QUICK FIX THAT FADES. They provide instant gratification, but long term, they are not really good for your lawn. Natural means, in general, take a bit longer to “work”, but offer more long-lasting solutions. Cost, however, goes on forever with pesticide-based gardening. Organic land care often becomes less expensive when it is established.
**ORGANIC HAS HAD CENTURIES OF TESTING. Folks have been gardening and farming organically for thousands of years. Today, they are doing it even better.
**THE NATIVES LIKE THE CLIMATE! Native plant species, an important part of less-toxic gardening, thrive in local conditions. They have fewer problems, and require less care than fragile foreigners.
**LAWNS ARE DULL! The typical American lawn, consisting of thousands of little green shoots, all sporting the same crew cut, isn’t really exciting to see. It’s rather like a toxic green rug. Bushes, shrubs, flowers, rocks, bricks, and other alternative landscaping options, can be unique, creative, exciting!
**HEALTHY KIDS AND PETS AT PLAY DELIGHT THE EYE AND WARM THE HEART! How much is it worth to have the peace of mind of knowing your favorite critters can romp and roll around in your yard without being exposed to dangerous toxins?
WHY AN LTL GUIDE?
**INTEREST. More people are wanting to “play it safe” and go more organic in their yard and garden care.
**TOO MUCH INFORMATION:. Huge amounts of info and advice on how to do successful organic gardening is out there, in books, magazines, websites, on the radio. But, who’s got time to find and digest much of it?
**EXPERTS SAVE TIME. A person who knows is the quickest source for information. Having spent years in university and research – or years of experience gardening, they can give you an answer in minutes!
**KNOWLEDGEABLE FOLK ARE NEARBY, BUT WHERE? There are people selling supplies and services who understand and encourage organic gardening, and can give good advice. There are also those who will give you a blank look on what’s organic and how to use it!
**SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL. Large retailers tend to sell products made by big corporations – usually patented, synthetic chemical brews. They have many employees coming and going, and don’t train in organic gardening. So, you never know who you might get – today someone helpful, tomorrow a person who is clueless. Smaller retailers emphasize service, and are often run by an owner who thinks organic, and hires others that do also.
**THE WEB DOESN’T CATCH THE SMALL FRY. The Web is great for finding online sources – but not local ones. Many of those don’t have websites. You may search out a name and phone, but little or no info about the shop or service, what they sell, if they’re still there.
**AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION. We did the calling and searching for you – by phone, E-Mail, and on the Web. We can’t claim to have found ALL good sources, but we found (and eliminated) quite a few.
**ORGANIC-FRIENDLY ATTITUDE. When you call or go in, will you be encouraged or discouraged from using less toxic means and materials?
**OFFER SIGNIFICANT LESS TOXIC SERVICES & SUPPLIES. Nobody’s perfect – and few are 100% organic. But sources that believe in healthier methods and materials have more organically oriented services and supplies than those that don’t, and can help you better to choose and use them. Our hope is that those listed in this guide will be friends and helpers if you want to travel the organic trail.
**TO FIND A RESOURCE NEAR YOU: Choose from the three sections by Category (Information, Supplies or Service). Supplies are divided geographically – Northern RI (& MA) and Southern RI (& CT). Services coverage areas vary widely, regardless of base. Check individual listings. Info is as near as your phone & computer!
**TO LOCATE A SOURCE BY NAME: Just look in the listings – they are arranged alphabetically.
Frey Florist and Greenhouse, 50 Radcliffe Avenue, Providence, RI 02908, email@example.com Tel. Toll-Free: 800-551-0965, or 401-521-3539, Website: www.freyflorist.com An ecologically aware "green" florist, Frey does not treat flowers with chemicals & uses biodegradable wraps, reusable glass & ceramic containers. A full service family owned & operated shop. Open daily 9 to 6.
SUPPLIES: At The Good Earth they grow certified organic herb and vegetable plants and plants with edible flowers; many are “Heirloom” varieties & include over two dozen varieties of tomato plants. They also have an extensive selection of annuals and perennials. Additional offerings are compost, potting soil, fertilizers & pest control products which are approved for organic gardening and lawn care. INFORMATION: All of Good Earth’s personnel are well acquainted with organic growing practices and are happy to answer any gardening questions their customers might have. They encourage everyone to grow organically because they believe it’s the way to get the best results.
The Greenery, Bridget Tierney, 132 Danielson Pike, N. Scituate, RI 02857 www.thegreeneryri.com The Greenery is a flower, gift and garden shop catering to the socially conscious consumer by supporting fair trade, sustainable, local, handmade and organic communities. Fair trade is a force for protecting environment and promoting sustainable living. The Greenery is for people who seek a greater good & fewer toxins for selves & for gift giving.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston, RI (401) 942-1430. RIRRC supplies recycling bins of all sizes, compost bins & accessories and one-on-one consultation for business reduction & recycling plans. See: http://www.rirrc.org for program details & hazardous waste drop-off schedules.
2677 Broncos Hwy, Harrisville, RI 02830, firstname.lastname@example.org 401-766-7333, Range of natural & organic compounds: Neptune fertilizer, Organic Gardening from Rain Gro. Safer products, Corn gluten. Hot pepper & soap for pest control. Organic vegetable seed, and pest & fungus control lawn care products. Philosophy is start organic, only if major problem try other less toxic products.
SUPPLIES: Seven Arrows Farm sells only organic garden supplies including organic pesticides, slug control, soil amendments, fertilizers, weed killers, etc. They are also purveyors of certified organic compost, sold both bagged and bulk (bulk sold by the yard and available for delivery). SERVICES: They offer Backyard Sustainability Garden construction for the home gardener (See website). COMMENTS: Their first book, Sacred Gardens, (how ordinary gardeners create places of peace and sanctuary) was featured on an Oprah blog.
SUPPLIES: Wide selection of organic & natural fertilizers, plant food, and soil amendments. Large & hard to find trees & shrubs, statuary, garden accents, handcrafted pottery, plants. SERVICES: Horticultural Consulting, Garden Design, Landscape Renovation, Masonry, Irrigation. Landscape design/construction. COMMENTS: Mainly but not limited to south of Boston and metro-west area. We have informed personnel, both at our location in Sharon and on weekly radio show with Sam Jeffries & Layanee DeMerchan, (See website at www.garden-guys.com and the “Gardening Show” listing in this Directory).
AMERICAN LANDSCAPE LLC,
SHARON VIEW NURSERY
630 S. Main St. Sharon, MA 02067,
(Immediately off of Exit 8 on Interstate 95)
JIM ZOPPO, PRESIDENT
Co-Host, Garden Guys Gardening Show.
EAST BAY & SOUTHEASTERN MA
Oakwold Garden Center, Richard Kirby, 39 West St, Barrington Rhode Island. Tel. (401) 245-5705. Website: www.oakwold.com
E-Mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org An oasis of edible & ornamental landscape plants, with a large selection of perennials, annuals, bushes, trees & organic solutions for all your gardening needs, including organic fertilizers, etc. Some homegrown produce sold. No toxic chemicals used for pest control. Specials daily. See the passive solar sunpit greenhouse.
Redwood Nursery and Garden Center, Manuel J. & Jacqueline A. Vales, Manager/Owners, 2664 Grand Army Highway (Rte 6), Swansea Ma. 02777, 1-800-585-3790, www.redwoodnursery.com & www.trimlawnri.com, E-Mail: email@example.com
A full service garden center & landscape construction company, with a full range of organic products: Winterwood Farms & Coast of Maine Soils, Milky Spore Grub Control, Safer Garden Products, Cock-a-doodle-do Lawn Products, Hot Pepper Spray, Locally composted bulk soil, Lady Bugs & Praying Mantis Live for garden.
Tiger Industries, Inc., 15 Sandy Lane, Bristol, RI 02809, Tel. 401-447-9479, Ray Frizzell, President, Web: www.tigercal.com
E-Mail: Tigerindustries@cox.net, Manufactures and distributes TIGERCAL 30 H, an all natural calcium carbonate with a humate, as well as REFLECTIONS, an all natural sun shade liquid for greenhouse sun protection; & TIGERSHARK organic fish fertilizer. These are used in a variety of applications including agricultural, turf farming, organic farming, athletic fields, soil amendments.
Broadview Garden & Gift Floral Center, Sherry & Mark Koswaski, 5 Langworthy Road, Westerly, RI Tel. 401-322-0390 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Coast of Maine brand, Organica lawn fertilizers & garden products. Ccckadoodle Doo organic lawn program and garden fertilizers, soil conditioners, bulk organic compost. Open 9-5 M-F year-round, & Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-3
from Easter to Dec. Website: www.broadviewgardencenter.com,
Earth Care Farm. Mike Merner, 89 Country Drive, Charlestown RI 02813, Tel. 401-364-9930. 100% organic compost for landscapers, farmers & gardeners. The whole inventory is organic, Mike doesn’t use or store any products not certified organic. Pick up, or arrange for delivery. This is a long-time resource in RI.
New England Turf, Glenn R Chappell, www.newenglandturf.com 401-789-5060, P.O. Box 777, 600 Waites Corner Road, West Kingston, RI, New England Turf sells: Organic Gem, a liquid fresh fish fertilizer that works as an all-natural bio-stimulant. They’re a sod farm using this product to grow their turf, & it can be used on homeowners’ lawns, shrubs, flowers, or vegetable gardens. They cover all of New England supplying landscapers, golf courses, towns, and homeowners.
This garden center sells plants & organic garden supplies: soils, mulches, soil amendments, plant food, fertilizer, pest control products (both insect and wildlife), trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, roses, herbs, fair trade natural material brooms, stone statuary & more. They do tree planting, some landscape consultation. They offer friendly free advice, & special order hard-to-find products & plants for customers. Their “Homegrown” line of plants is 100% organic, others are not certified organic but maintained organically. Petie Reed is a NOFA certified land care professional. They cover southeastern CT & western RI. Open March thru December, 7 days a week; Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun. 10-2.
Harvest rainwater with recycled food barrels from the RI Water Lady! The 60-gallon rain barrel, one of the largest on the market, stands 39" tall by 24" wide, weighs 20 lbs & comes in green, gray, or brown.
This barrel will last for years, due to its rigid, 3/16" thick walls, & can fill in lessthan ¼“ of rainfall (depending on size of your roof and gutter system). Link 2 or 3 together to save up to 180 gallons of rainwater. Each unit is complete with threaded spigot (for easy hose attachment), overflow fitting, drain plug, screw-on cover, screen, & complete instructions. The fittings allow linkage to a second or third barrel - without a special linking kit, just standard, 3/4" hose). Made in the USA from clean, recycled food grade barrels. Pre-ordering is encouraged.
SUPPLIES: They sell Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia Fedita) for composting household and garden waste. The worms produce "castings" from waste, a wonderful soil enhancer. Books for children, composters and gardeners are also carried.. Worms can be mail ordered. SERVICES & INFORMATION: The “Worm Ladies” will travel to your home or work place to lecture or help set up a composting bin. Nancy & Lois teach, drawing upon their experience raising & using the worms and castings. Nancy has been raising Red Worms for over 30 years. COMMENTS: 30% of household waste can be eaten by Red Wiggler Worms & converted to rich, organic soil enhancer.
Down to Earth, Scott Grossman, P.O. Box 1247, N. Kingstown, RI 401-694-1246, DownToEarthRI@cox.net RI Wholesale Distributor for North Country Organics, selling Organic/Natural products for gardening, farming, and landscaping. Minimum order of one ton of product (fertilizer) for wholesale pricing. See: www.norganics.com for complete product list & descriptions.
Organic Sales & Marketing, Sam Jeffries, President, 114 Broadway, Raynham, MA 02767, Tel. 508-823-1117, E-Mail: email@example.com Organic lawn care & gardening advice, earth-friendly products, gardening forum, organic clothes. Consulting services available – organic methods, pesticide alternatives, speakers. “Garden Guys” brand horticultural & organic composts, fertilizers, pest controls, garden accessories.
(Also see listing in Information for Garden Guys Radio Show).
PJC Ecological Land Care, Fred & Pam Newcombe, Phone:
978-432-1019, 252 Dodge Road, Rowley, MA 01969, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. PJC develops & distributes all natural products for schools, landscapers, municipalities, golf courses, equine, organic farmers & wholesale suppliers. They manufacture Renaissance All Natural Fertilizers & are the supplier for HiCal Lime & Humates, in New England & the North East.
Beyond Pesticides offers information & support to people seeking alternatives to toxic pesticides. They provide assistance in areas ranging from organizing & activism, to non-toxic pest management in the home. Various brochures and packets are available both online and in their office with information on how to take care of your lawn without using toxic pesticides. The organization keeps up to date on local and national politics, & does their part to watchdog the government & promote healthy and safe alternatives to hazardous pesticides. They also hold an annual National Pesticide Forum, for which you can register on the website.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road (Route 1-A), Saunderstown, RI, Web: www.spnea.org/visit/homes/casey.htm Tel.401-295-1030 E-Mail: email@example.com They sell organic plants. Educational programs are offered, some year-round, outdoor programs usually March to early December.
Elm Street Gardens, Jenifer LoVetere, 38 Elm Street, Westerly, RI 02891. Tel. 401-207-8185, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offering organic gardening classes; organic garden coaching; garden design. Jenifer is a NOFA-RI accredited. organic land care professional. Says she, "Create a natural garden: help preserve the earth and save time and money.”
Garden Guys Garden Show, with Sam Jeffries, Jim Zoppo, and Layanee DeMerchant. Live Sunday morning radio call-in show offering organically-biased “Down to Earth & Up-To-Date” advice, eco-friendly alternatives to gardening practices. Listen 6-8 a.m. on WRKO 680 AM, 1-888-443-9473, www.WRKO.com: click on the Gardening Show link. Listen 8-10 a.m. on WHHJ 92 AM,
NOFA Organic Land Care
Program P.O. Box 164, Stevenson,
CT 06491. Tel. 203-888-5146. Website: www.organiclandcare.net
Contact: Ashley Kremser, NOFA OLC Program Manager
E-Mail: email@example.com NOFA Organic Land Care Program
offers courses in organic land care, accreditation to professionals,
publishes directories, guides, books & brochures on organic land
care. Many OLC Professionals give talks and lectures on the
how-tos and benefits of organic land care. (See ad, P. 19)
Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI, Dan Lawton.
247 Evans Road, Chepachet, RI 02814, 401 523-2653, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nofari.org NOFA-RI is an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners, & environmentalists working to promote organic farming & organic land care practices through advocacy and education. The goal is to increase the acreage of organically managed land and access to local organic food in RI.
Providential Gardener, Susan Korte, P.O. Box 2556, Providence, RI 02906, E-Mail: email@example.com Website: www.providentialgardener.com Publisher of “What Grows On In Rhode Island, Little Rhody’s free calendar of environment-related events, listings, organic lawn care, workshops, environmental justice meetings, gardening classes and much more. Visit: www.WhatGrowsOnRI.com
RIWPS is a state-wide conservation organization advocating for preservation of native plants & habitats. They offer guided nature walks, educational programs, garden tours, a lecture series & other events. RIWPS publishes a newsletter, “Wildflora”, Invasive Species Alerts, & Cultivation Notes, and a monthly E-Newsletter (subscribe on the website). Their volunteer propagators (Seedstarters) grow wildflowers to sell at plant sales. They specialize in growing plants for difficult situations such as dry shade, low- moist places, sandy soils, etc. Everything is grown naturally. They present a native garden at RI Flower & Garden Show, provide plant inventories to individuals & municipalities.
Publishers of Safer For Your Baby: A Guide to Living Better with Fewer Chemicals, 3rd Edition, by Lynn Tondat Ruggeri, Ph.D. and Laura Costa, Ph.D. This book gives simple ways to protect your family from harmful chemicals fournd in pest control & cleaning products, food, clothing, plastics, home furnishings and more. Describes how common chemicals get into the body, health effects, why children are most vulnerable and how to find safer options. “If we had to choose one area that would have the biggest impact on the health of children & the environment it would be safer pest control”, says Dr. Ruggeri. $9.95 per copy. Sold by T.I.P. and health stores throughout RI.
Southside Community Land Trust provides access to land, education & other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways & create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, healthy food is available to all. SCLT’s annual Plant Sale is in May, & they offer workshops each year on topics ranging from urban composting to food preservation. They also have information on soil testing, a simple resource guide about damaging/beneficial insects in your garden, & other resources to help you grow food safely in urban settings, by turning your backyard into a garden or growing plants in containers. Contact them for info & schedules.
URI Master Gardener Program, Toll-Free Garden Hotline,
March to October, 1-800-448-1011, Mon. thru Thurs., 9AM–2 PM. www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc or www.urimga.org. Offers a wide array of general gardening information to the public. Focus is on sustainable gardening practices including the reduced need for pesticides, least toxic pesticide use when needed, sustainable plant selection, composting, storm water control, and native plantings for wildlife.
Artful Kitchen Gardens, David de Smit.
firstname.lastname@example.org Design & implement organic, sustainable, nutritious and beautiful gardens. Methods are based on proven organic horticultural methods & sound science, and grounded in both traditional landscape and permaculture design principles. Base is Providence but will serve all of Southern New England.
BioTechPestControls, David Jones, 42 Canal St., Westerly, RI
Tel. 401-315-2400, E-Mail: email@example.com
Least toxic pest control using baits, borate gels, diatomaceous earth, boric acid, mineral & plant based products vs. fleas, ticks, termites, etc Products for gardeners: Natural Animal Products, EcoPco plant derived insecticides. Borate-based termiticides, treatments in CT, MA & RI for carpenter ants, wood-boring beetles, wood decay. Fungus treatments. Natural pyrethrum.
T. J. Brown Landscaping, 23 Lucas Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, Tel. 401-847-2081, firstname.lastname@example.org T. J. Brown is a full service landscape company specializing in lawn care and garden installation & maintenance. There is a NOFA Organic Land Care Certified professional on staff. They serve Newport County.
DVL Landscape Architecture, Ltd., Deanna & Derek van Lent
A design/build & maintenance firm run by award-winning, NOFA-certified landscape architect Derek van Lent, who consults throughout New England. They’ll also travel off island to set up new organic land care programs. Services include non-toxic plant material installations, invasives removal & lawn care programs.
A range of organic fertilizers & pest control products are offered at Evergreen’s garden center, such as lawn fertilizers & conditioners by Organica, lawn, tree, shrub & flower fertilizers by Espoma & Organica, & Neptune's Harvest Fish Fertilizer. Organic pest controls include Neem Oil & Safer brands. Also carried: Organic compost (Lobster, Peat and Cow Manure) & organic potting soil by Coast of Maine. Their landscape design & installation services utilize organic soil amendments, fertilizers & conditioners during garden preparation and planting, and they are starting an organic lawn service, using Organica's 4-step lawn program.
Garden & Landscapes, Chuck DiTucci, Tel. 401-846-6576, Middletown, Ri email@example.com . Healthy & organic gardening, consultation, design and installation. Vegetable, flower and naturalized gardens that fit client lifestyle and personal needs. Full service company servicing all Newport county and surrounding areas. Chuck DiTucci is a professional Landscape Gardener and a certified Master Gardener.
Gardens Are...Donald Bishop, Website: www.gardensare.com 100 Violetwood Circle, Marlborough, MA 01752, 508-303-0800
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Complete 100% organic landscape design, building and maintenance in eastern Massachusetts. Consulting to homeowners, non-profit & commercial property owners, management companies, municipalities, state and federal government agencies. Donald Bishop is a co-creator of the NOFA Organic Land Care Standards and Educational Programs.
Go Organic LLC, John Tycz, Thompson, CT, Tel. 860-935-5235,
Organic land, lawn & shrub care. Organic vegetable gardens. Organic athletic fields. John is a NOFA-OLC Accredited Land Care Professional & member of the Ecological Landscaping Association. He serves RI, Connecticut & Massachusetts.
Green Circle Design, Kate Lacouture, 286 Rochambeau Ave., Providence, RI, 02906. www.greencircledesign.net,
Tel. (401) 421-9599, E-Mail: email@example.com
Sustainable landscape architecture, promoting alternatives to the typical American front lawn, using native plants & encouraging organic methods of gardening. A full range of services is offered, from garden consultation to planting & stonework design.
TELL THEM YOU FOUND THEM IN THE LTL DIRECTORY!
SERVICES: Organic-based lawn care (about 90%) combined with use of less toxic pesticides. They offer 2 fertilizer programs: Program A, 100% organic fertilizer program, no pesticides, AND Program B, Organic-based program. using Organic-based fertilizer together with safer types of controls for weeds and insects. These are selectively used, not blanket applied to the whole lawn. Plan B now includes grub prevention with Merit as an option where indicated (instead of giving it to all). Other services include hydroseeding, slice seeding, core aeration, overseeding, flea & tick control, mosquito control, & many landscaping services. Estimates & service calls are free. Informed personnel. No products with a Danger or Warning label are used, only Caution (and solely as needed with approval by homeowner). Gro-Pro is a family owned business, serving SE New England since 1995.
Harrington's Safelawns & Landscape, Llc. Todd Harrington,
70 Highland Park Dr. Bloomfield, CT 06002 Tel. 860-243-3200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safelawns.net 100% organic & transition to organic programs for turf and trees and shrubs, in CT. Consulting available. Products for organic gardening, soil amendments - humates,, organic fertilizers, plant boosters, K+ Neem, organic insecticide (RTU) & Burnout. Deliver to customers or they pick up. NOFA accredited programs, & staff.
Sanne Kure-Jensen, Ecological Designs and Consulting
Portsmouth, RI, Cell 401-369-3303 Email SanneK-J@cox.net
Sustainable, low maintenance gardens & landscapes using native plants. Training in organic methods & products. RI Certified Horticulturist, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, URI Master Gardener, RI Tree Steward, CRMC-Certified Invasive Management, Beekeeper. Serves Newport & Bristol counties, RI
Lawn care, tree and shrub care programs, diagnostics, applications, IPM. Service properties from Milton to Gloucester. They offer pure organic services & hybrid programs, listen to customers’ needs & expectations, then educate them on options available so they can make a wise choice for their property. Michael and other employees are NOFA-certified. The business is about 35% organic and that percentage grows each year.
Brett Malloy Natural Landscaping, 27 Red Gate Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864. Tel. 401-475-7746. This is a complete landscaping service specializing in organic lawn care, wildlife and butterfly gardens, and spring/fall clean-ups. Gas-free mower optionally used. Covers nearby areas.
SERVICES: Merner provides 100% Organic landscape & lawn services in southern RI, specializing in the design, development & construction of sustainable landscapes that, once established, will need no additional inputs of water, fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, or weeding. They develop new sites or renovate existing landscapes. Based on current lawn condition, they devise an annual lawn care program to best suit your needs. Lawn renovation services include dethatching, topdressing with compost, aeration, & overseeding with a blend of grasses that deter insect problems. Alternatives to lawns include design & construction of customized patios, walks, stairways, and walls.
Japanese Beetle Grub Treatment: Merner applies a naturally occurring bacteria, "Milky Spore Powder" as a one-time treatment, with a lifetime guarantee against damage from Japanese Beetle grubs, the most damaging insect in the RI lawn.
COMMENTS: Merner Landscaping is owned and operated by Patrick Merner, who has over 11 years of experience in the nursery, landscape, and masonry fields. He worked for the Organic Landscape Company and Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, R.I., for six years, where he learned the importance of organic landscape & farm management practices. Patrick has completed four years of study in landscape architecture at the University of Rhode Island. Personnel are educated & organic practices are strongly encouraged. 100% of the business inventory is organic. One long-time customer is the Chariho Youth Soccer Association, whose playing fields have been cared for organically since the early 1990’s – originally by Patrick’s father, Mike Merner, and by Patrick since 1998.
SERVICES: NaturaLawn® works to create a safer outdoors - one beautiful, healthy lawn at a time - without excessive use of unnecessary chemicals that only treat symptoms, & may be harmful to family, pets, & environment. Rather than a quick fix green-up, their organic-based plans work with nature, not against it, for lasting, healthy turf: Alternative® Organic-Based Program, using 85% fewer chemicals than traditional lawn care, & 100% pesticide-free Natural Alternative® Program. Satisfaction guaranteed. SUPPLIES: Do-It-Yourselfer program for purchasing their proprietary products: fertilizers, grass seed, milky spore for grub control. 800-989-5444, email@example.com. Shipping is free. Website: www.nl-amer.com/doityourself/catalog.htm
Osborne provides natural turf consulting service to business, municipal, institutional, & residential clients who wish to create & maintain natural, self-sustaining turf without synthetic fertilizers & chemical pesticides. Consulting services: On-site evaluations and technical reports; Public presentations; product specifications & maintenance schedule development; New construction design consultation; Training programs: Osborne now offers a two day Natural Turf Management Training Program.
An in depth approach to lawn & turf management from an organic perspective has been developed & will be presented around the U.S. in 2009. Chip is a foremost authority on organic land care, especially turf. (See also the listing for the Living Lawn Project.)
Natural Concepts, LLC, Lincoln, RI, 401-837-3300 Daniel Flynn & Andrew Balon, Naturalconceptsllc@gmail.com. Landscape care & design firm serving RI & Southern MA. Perennial garden maintenance (pruning, weeding, fertilizing mulching), tree and shrub care, design &rejuvenation of new & old plantings & creative vegetable gardens. All practices NOFA accredited..
Sloane Garden Design, Sarah Sloane, 60 Sea View Drive, Warwick, RI 02889, 401-921-1898 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.sloanedesign.com. Earth Friendly Garden Designs that require no pesticides or artificial fertilizers, have low water needs. Lawn alternatives. See Sarah’s prize-winning entry in TIP’s 2004 Landscaping contest: www.toxicsinfo.org/ContestEntries/SS.htm
SERVICES: Ecological Landscape Design & Restoration, Natural Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care, Ornamental Pruning, Consultation. MA Certified Horticulturist & Landscape Designer, ISA Certified Arborist, Member, Amer. Soc. of Consulting Arborists. MA Assoc. of Conservation Commissions, Society of Wetland Scientists. Designs that blend with local ecology & enhance sustainability (low maintenance, pest, drought, stress resistance), wildlife habitat, native plant communities. Diagnosis of tree, turf & landscape problems. EDUCATION: Michael lectures at colleges, horticultural conferences, trade organizations, environment & conservation groups. Topics include ecological design, protection of lakes, ponds & streams, organic & low impact turf management.
SERVICES: Thompson Organic Landscaping has been providing organic landscaping services since 1988. We provide most landscaping services including: Organic lawn care. New lawns installed, established lawns renovated. Planting and landscaping. Lawn mowing. Tree and shrub pruning. Landscape maintenance, including spring and fall cleanups. We serve mostly the areas of Providence, Barrington, and Bristol, but may provide services outside these areas for larger properties.
COMMENTS: No synthetic insecticides, herbicides, or fertilizer used. Organic practices should not be limited to the use of organic fertilizers. Most of our customers use less fertilizer at present than they did when they started using our services, only once or twice a season. We encourage our customers with large or problem lawns to decrease the size of their lawns. Lawns need more of everything (fertilizing, water, mowing) than any other part of the landscape. We are also concerned with how our practices affect noise and air pollution, and energy use. “In all things of nature, there is something marvelous.” Aristotle
Anne Wilson, Gardening Consultant, Middletown, Rhode Island, 401-743-5667, Abw29@cox.net Partially Organic. Consulting, Design, Installation, Maintenance, Plant Health Care, Restoration, Pruning, An accredited NOFA Organic Land Care professional with 30 + years of horticultural experience, she “tries to implement holistic care for earth & inhabitants,” Covers Newport County.
Woodscapes, Inc., Tysh McGrail, 106 Huntinghouse Road,
North Scituate, RI 02857, Tel. 401-568-0673 (Cell) 401-864-2121 E-Mail: email@example.com A Home & Land Improvement Company. Landscape design & consultations. Creating dynamic landscapes that will rejuvenate themselves on an annual basis through environmentally sound design & management practices.
Laura designs, builds and maintains landscapes and gardens. She provides organic and ecological garden care, and works throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Professional Horticultural services are offered. SERVICES INCLUDE: Consulting, Design, Installation, Maintenance, Plant Health Care, Special Gardens, Perennials, Vegetable, Rock, Herb, Cutting Gardens, Container Gardens. Laura is a NOFA-OLC Accredited Land Care Professional.
TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
LIBERTY GOODWIN, DIRECTOR
Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)
NEW! The Complete Compost Gardening Guide $20
NEW! Don’t Throw It, Grow It! $11
NEW! Covering Ground $20
NEW! Tabletop Gardens $17
NEW! Window Boxes $17
Easy Care Guide to Houseplants, $20
From Grass To Gardens, (How to Reap Bounty
from A Small Yard), $17
Getting Started in Permaculture, $15
Small Space Gardening, $15
The War on Bugs, $35
Building a Healthy Lawn, $15
Gardener’s Guide to Plant Diseases, $15
The Healthy Lawn Handbook, $19
Mass. Gardener’s Companion, $15
Organic Food Guide, $ 9
Organic Lawn Care Manual, $20
The Permaculture Garden, $25
RI Gardener’s Companion, $15
Safe & Easy Lawn Care, $13
Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round
the American Intensive Way, $40
Less Toxic Landscaping Bumper Stickers $1.50;
Less Toxic Landscaping Lawn/Window Signs, $2.00
(Natural Healing, Food, HealthyHomes, Pets, Peaceful Solutions)
NEW! Keeping Life Simple $ 9
NEW! Dog Heroes $10
NEW! Happy Dog, Happy You $11
NEW! Happy Cat, Happy You $11
ADHD Alternatives $13
Herbal Antibiotics $13
Green-Up Your Cleanup, $17
How to Grow Fresh Air (50 Houseplants that Purify
Your Home or Office) $17
The Organic Food Guide, $ 9
Safe Passage on City Streets, $10
NEW! Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health $ 9
NEW! Pony Play Games & Puzzles $10
Fifty Ways to Take the Junk out of Junk Food, $ 8
Safer For Your Baby: A Guide to Living Better
With Fewer Chemicals $10
**It can help you provide a safer outdoor space for your family, pets, & yourself
**It’s the only handbook of its kind for gardeners and homeowners in Rhode Island & nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts!
**This compact, handy guide lists sources for less-toxic supplies and materials, lawn and landscaping services, information and advice.
ALL THE LISTINGS HAVE BEEN CHECKED OUT AS “ORGANIC-FRIENDLY” SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO SPEND HOURS PHONING OR SHOPPING TO FIND RESULTS, WON’T GET A BLANK LOOK WHEN YOU ASK FOR ORGANIC OR LESS-TOXIC PRODUCTS OR YARD CARE..
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