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Natural lawn tips: How to go chemical-free

By Julie Deardorff, Tribune newspapers

11:28 AM EDT, March 23, 2011

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Can you really have an herbicide/pesticide-free lawn that looks good?

Most people think "natural lawn care" means you can ignore your lawn all spring and summer. But while it's a chemical-free process, it does require a few basic practices, Rachel Rosenberg wrote in this TribLocal piece.

And if you're making a switch from a conventional lawn care system, it will require at least two growing seasons to transition your soil back to health.

Rosenberg, the Executive Director of the non-profit Safer Pest Control Project, which works to reduce pesticide use in Illinois, suggests these tips if you're trying to go natural:

And a few caveats:


"Lawn care chemicals don't just stay put on the lawns," she wrote. "Kids and pets track them into our homes and they wash into our waterways where they can impact our health and our environment."



To help master gardeners, schools, homeowner associations, cities and landscapers learn more about natural lawn care, Safer Pest Control Project is co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on Wednesday, March 23 at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

The event, which covers techniques, products and resources, is also presented by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Sea Grant Great Lakes Network and the University of Illinois Extension.

For homeowners who want to learn more, Rosenberg will be speaking at 2 p.m. at the upcoming Spring Greening Event in Skokie on April 10th. She will also be speaking on Natural Lawn Care at the Skokie Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th.

For more tips on the rest of the year, check out the NLC Calendar Fact Sheet .

(Photo courtesy of Rachel Rosenberg)