While use of pesticides and herbicides may seem like the easiest solutions to weeds and unwanted critters, many commonly used garden-care products can cause harm to you, your children and your pets. Symptoms of exposure to poisonous chemicals include headaches, blurred vision, excessive tearing, dizziness, and nausea or vomiting, among other unpleasant side effects. Review these tips to help you transition your garden from toxic to top-notch!
• Refrain from using harmful chemicals: Synthetic pesticides and herbicides can easily enter your home via clothing, shoes, skin and pets and remain in your home for an extended amount of time.
• Focus on soil health: Weeds are symptoms of a problem with the soil. Dandelions love compaction, and clover thrives in low-nitrogen conditions. NTN uses fertilizers, compost tea and other organic products that contain microbial life to relieve and correct most weed-generating soil issues.
• Use organic fertilizers: For a list of NTN’s preferred products, visit bit.ly/NTNOrganicList
• Watch that mowing height! The stress-free mowing height for most grasses is around three inches. At this height, grass can achieve maximum health, efficiently produce its own food through photosynthesis, begin to out compete annual weed seed germination and many broad leaf weed pressures, develop deep roots and stand up to drought conditions. —Source: nontoxicneighborhoods.org