It’s official Spring is here! Have you scheduled your spring cleaning yet? How about a spring cleanup/prep for your yard? Lawn pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are associated with an increased risk of cancer, neurotoxicity, birth defects, liver or kidney damage, reproductive effects and endocrine disruption. These are not chemicals you want in your yard and you certainly don’t want to track them into your home! John DeFilippi owner and founder of Boulder’s ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care is our guest blogger.
Guest Blogger: In 2008, owner and founder, John DeFilippi realized it was time to offer an environmentally safe alternative to traditional lawn care that is dependent on chemical applications and synthetic fertilizers as well as pollution-spewing lawn equipment. He began researching the philosophy behind organic lawn care and consulting with the country’s leading experts and soon realized that the formula was simple: Conventional lawn care treats symptoms – Alternative lawn care solves problems. So in 2010, ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care embarked on its first season of business, built upon eco-conscious principles and a promise to keep people, pets and the planet safe as Boulder’s first complete earth-friendly alternative to lawn and tree care. John was nice enough to take the time to tell us more about his business.
How is ecoLogical nontoxic?
We never use toxic lawn chemicals, pesticides or herbicides in our turf care programs. Organic applications, high quality fertilizers and a dedication to improving and nurturing soil quality and microbial balance are our safe and effective methods for a healthy, green lawn.
- Gas-powered lawn equipment burns 580 million gallons of fuel per year and contributes to 5% of urban air pollution.
How is ecoLogical cleaner?
We only use cordless-electric or propane-powered mowers and equipment that are recharged with solar or wind energy. Our equipment emits 3,3000 times less hydrocarbons and less than half the carbon dioxide than gas mowers.
- Pesticide run-off pollutes ground and surface water threatening the safety of drinking water and can endanger wildlife and family pets.
How is ecoLogical safer?
Our eco-friendly applications are free of chemicals and thus nontoxic to humans, pets and the environment.
- Expensive lawn pesticides and herbicides can add up financially and don not treat the root of the problem. In fact, these chemicals deplete soil nutrients and are only reactionary.
How is ecoLogical cost-saving?
Alternative lawn care saves you money by replacing on costly chemicals (which have short-term effect) with less expensive pest prevention techniques such as integrated pest management (IPM). IPM gets at the root of the problem such as increasing soil health, biodiversity, and monitoring bugs and weeds before they become pests.
- Lawn care accounts for more than 30% of total water usage in the United States
How is ecoLogical earth-friendly?
Our water conservation initiatives and irrigation management consulting encourage responsible water usage and help cut-down on household consumption.
- Gas equipment can run up to a potentially dangerous 100 decibels of noise
How is ecoLogical quieter?
Our electric mowers are up to 75% quieter