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From “no way” to “why not?”

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson explores how to connect with those initially resistant to Natural Lawn Care Our natural lawn care (NLC) session at the 2018 Illinois Parks Conference last month had it all. I covered the environmental and health risks of pesticides and how to engage the community in these issues. Two NLC companies, Logic Lawn

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A Holiday Message from MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee

Happy Holidays, Everyone! As we move into the darkest days of the year, I brighten mine by thinking of all the warmth and encouragement we have received in 2017 from you, our supporters.  Your leadership in communities across the Midwest to limit the impacts of pesticides differs in stark contrast to the barrage of discouraging

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Don’t Put These Three Things Down Your Drain

Guest contributor Jenny Holt cautions against the environmental hazards of improperly disposing certain common household products. Lots of people think that they have an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but they don’t realize that they regularly release toxic chemicals into the environment. The Midwest continues to grow more environmentally concerned, exemplified by the city of Urbana recently

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The MGG 2 year review

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson recaps MGG’s progress the past two years and the work we still need to do in 2018. On October 21st, MPAC completed its last Midwest Grows Green Kickoff Event of 2018 with the help of Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition. I’m happy that our last stop for 2018 was in Elmhurst, because in many

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Bringing in Reinforcements: The Overseed

Baseball teams are similar to our lawns. Need proof? MPAC’s Ryan Anderson elaborates in his look at the crucial step of overseeding. Disclaimer, I’m a Cubs fan and it’s playoff time in Chicago. Recently in the playoffs, the stats have pointed towards the importance of pitching for success, specifically the pitching reinforcements (i.e. the bullpen). 

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Scrub out the Grubs

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson describes the grub life cycle and how to monitor and disrupt it to protect your turf’s roots. For many lawn owners, brown grass works us into a frenzy. Did I kill the grass? Did I not provide enough nutrients and/or water? Or too much? Worse yet… does my lawn have grubs? Many times,

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