2009 LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING
(For Rhode Island & Southeastern New England)
Get started by reading this little info flyer, then get an LTL Directory copy from TIP’s booth at an event this Spring. Call for schedule. You’ll also find it, starting in March, at many local libraries and on the TIP website.
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**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, & human testing is dangerous, and unethical. Nevertheless, many studies show that serious health effects are associated with exposure to 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.
**ANYONE FOR A CHEMICAL COCKTAIL? What you put on your lawn winds up in the ground water, and you may be drinking it. Studies are finding household chemicals, including pesticides, in streams and wells. Most municipal water treatment does not remove them.
**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, & 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?
LINKS TO PESTICIDE INFORMATION ON TIP’S WEBSITE
A Beyond Pesticides/NCAMP Fact Sheet
LAWN-CARE PESTICIDES THREATEN HUMAN HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT:
Environment and Human Health, Inc. research report.
Lawn Pesticide Facts and Figures www.toxicsinfo.org/Lawn/Lawn%20Pesticide%20Facts%20&%20Figures.htm
NEW YORK SUES DOW FOR CALLING DURSBAN SAFE
PANUPS - Pesticide Action Network Updates Service, 4-18-03
PESTICIDES AND CANCER
PYRETHROIDS: NOT AS SAFE AS YOU THINK www.toxicsinfo.org/pests/Pyrethroids.htm
Garden Guys Talk Show, www.garden-guys.com/audio.html features hosts Sam Jeffries, Jim Zoppo, & Layanee DeMerchant Sunday mornings/ Call in at Toll Free 888-443-9473.
Gardens Are…, Marlborough, MA, Organic Landscaping & News Forum. Tel. 888-526-7771 http://forums.gardensare.com/
Good Earth Organic Gardening Center, 1800 Scituate Ave., Cranston, RI firstname.lastname@example.org , 401-826-3130
Green Circle Design, Kate Lacouture, Providence, RI,
HomeAssist (URI), 401-874-5398, www.healthylandscapes.org
Master Gardener Program, www.urimga.org Call the Master Gardener Hotline, 800-448-with gardening questions.
Bio Tech Pest Control, David Jones, 42 Canal Street, Westerly RI 02891, 401-315-2494, www.saferyardcare.com
Thompson Organic Landscaping, Paul Thompson, Providence, RI, Tel. 401-861-3616. All Organic, Consulting, Design, Installation, Maintenance, Plant Health Care, Restoration
Wood River Evergreens, Frank Crandall, 101 Woodville Rd., Hope Valley, RI. 401-364-3387, www.woodriverevergreens.com,