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Posted: 14-Oct-2005, 01:46 PM
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. Thirty percent of water consumed on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; on the West Coast it?s 60 percent.

. The average suburban lawn is deluged with 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland. In fact, over 70 million tons of chemical fertilizers and 70 million pounds of chemical pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.

. Lawn care pollutes too. Check out these statistics on hydrocarbons emitted from one hour of lawn mower, string trimmer, and leaf blower used compared to driving a car for one hour.,

Lawn mower: 10 to 12 times more pollution

String trimmer: 21 times more pollution

Leaf blower: 34 times more pollution

http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/faq-e...environment.htm
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Posted: 14-Oct-2005, 01:58 PM
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with deepest respect......

give it a rest. wink.gif

ya cant trust them statistics.

besides my lawn is worth every bit of hydro carbon
i put into the atmosphere it is just beautiful like
lush green carpet.... you would love running through it
bare foot indeed lass.... and i use an electric blower....
but that still is using energy from the powre plant so i guess
i am still polluting... angel_not.gif


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Posted: 14-Oct-2005, 02:30 PM
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maybe not the statistics...but I can trust what I've seen. I didn't want to make this personal.
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Posted: 14-Oct-2005, 02:40 PM
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QUOTE (Eventide @ 14-Oct-2005, 02:30 PM)
I didn't want to make this personal.

read my signature lass... *s*..... the big red letters

and i did mean with all respect... .*s*
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thumbs_up.gif pollute away then wink.gif
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Posted: 14-Oct-2005, 05:54 PM
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My concern is more on the toxins being placed on lawns then the impliments to keep then manicured.

Do you know that all those chemicals you don't want in your food ends up there anyway because what you put on your lawn leaches into the water system and then into everything that uses, drinks, or is sprayed with water.

Most commercial fertilizer contains things that are posionous to life.

Get some chickens if you want a good lawn, they eat grubs and bugs and fertilize at the same time LOL!


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Posted: 15-Oct-2005, 03:31 AM
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and it may very well begin even before you use that herbicide or pesticide. Most seeds we buy at the nursery or through a magazine are already pretreated with chemicals, to ensure a good crop or something specific! Sometimes, I wonder if my perception of what is natural has been compromised somehow.
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Posted: 22-Oct-2005, 04:53 PM
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My Horse eats my lawn
BUT if I let sats fill my head!
I would fear my neighbors cow herd..
that if you belived all you read..
You would think released more CO2 into the air
than any can of hair spray,
OR any foam fast food container...

Just don't let any one source spoon feed you what you think..
Dig and do your own research ..
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Posted: 22-Oct-2005, 04:55 PM
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Shad..
You make a most excellent Point..

Rachel Carson was SO far ahead of her time...
Read what this wise lady had to say sometime:)

http://www.rachelcarson.org/

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I have a lawn care service that keeps the weeds down and makes it grow a little faster than I like but after reading the invoice of what they have put down and doing a little research online I found that it was the DIY products that do the most harm and usually because the Do It Yourselfer appying it doesn't follow the directions and puts too much down and then stores it improperly to where it can leach into the groundwater.

I also found that most of what is put down is nitrogen which makes up a large portion of the air we breath so I guess it can't be all bad.

I do wonder if a green thick lawn is worth it though. unsure.gif


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Hey Ghost,

Thanks for posting this. Even if the statistics aren't right (and I agree, numbers can usually be twisted), most people prefer to be consumers of products and not thoughts.

Figures aside, gardening is America's number one hobby, and an excellent money sucker. Before I became more educated in environmental causes, I stopped using a gas mower just because it aggravated my asthma. Now I find that I love the workout it gives, even if I have to mow my 1.5 hilly acres in the dead of summer. I have to think of when to mow, and that makes me feel more in touch with the farmers-- who rely on cycles and weather patterns.

And the weeds? I found for me, my breathing won out over pesticides. And I learned about myself that I don't need to keep up with "The Joneses" to enjoy my yard. It involved a discussion from an herbalist. Our dandelions and plantains are mighty tasty in a dip akin to a spinach dip.

I still use the occasional environmental no-nos and I do water my garden when my veggies droop, but thoughtfully. I also like this organic pesticide called Bon-Neem. Smells horrible, but seems to do the trick on my citrus trees and roses.



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2-4-D, one of the main ingredients in many lawn care products, was also one of the main ingredients of Agent Orange, the weed-killer used in Viet Nam, the toxic effects of which continue to kill those I served with at DaNang Air Base. If I stay in a store like Home Depot or Lowe's for more than a few minutes I soon have a headache and need to go home and rest for a few hours, which I strongly suspect is a result of the lawn care product fumes in the air to which I suspect I have been sensitized to as a result of my own exposure to Agent Orange. My wife and I long ago gave up using lawn and garden chemicals and have a much healthier lawn and garden as a result.


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