Why should I use fewer fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides?
Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are expensive and can harm both your lawn and your local ecosystems. This is why eco-friendly lawn alternatives are a great option.
- If too much fertilizer is applied, lawns can suffer from fertilizer burn and soil imbalances, which can stifle plant growth and kill grass
- Fertilizer runoff causes harmful algal blooms in aquatic environments.
- Blooms create a “dead zone,” an area of extremely low oxygen where plants and animals either die or are left without a home.
- Overgrown algae can release toxins that contaminate drinking water and cause illnesses in humans and pets.
- Pesticides kill more than just the pests: They also can harm native wildlife and decrease biodiversity.
- Honeybee and bird populations decline with the use of harsh chemicals.
- Soil quality declines as microorganisms die.
- Routine application of herbicides and pesticides causes genetic resistance to develop.
- It becomes increasingly difficult to eliminate weeds and pests, so increasingly toxic chemicals must be used.
- Pesticides can be harmful to children and pets.