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Top Ten Reasons Not to Poison Your Lawn

Jean-Marie Kauth, PhD, Associate Professor at Benedictine University, runs down the environmental and health concerns of synthetic lawn pesticides. Dandelions are pretty and edible Dandelions are good food for bees, which are struggling. Pesticides are harmful to wildlife, particularly amphibians. Lawn chemicals are expensive and consume fossil fuels. Pesticides have been shown to cross the placenta

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Prepare your roots for a healthy new year!

October is your last and most important chance to feed your lawn and ready it for next spring. Make it count! Says Shay Lunseth, co-founder of Organic Lawns by LUNSETH in Minneapolis. Fall introduces new beginnings.  A new school year where we take in knowledge to grow our minds and prepare for a bright future.  Fall, also,

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Tough Mudder

Things starting to get tight below the green? Grass roots struggling? Time to aerate! Says MPAC’s Metcalf intern Leah Garner. Below the ground a worm struggles, trapped in the layers of tightly packed organic matter and soil of your lawn.  Each new footstep smashes in an opening where the worm can execute its day to

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Summer 2016 update- Twenty Minutes to Impact

20 Minutes. That’s the target for our projects at MPAC, now. What can we accomplish with 20 minutes? It took a 20 minute presentation to build the foundations for a 2.9 acre Pesticide-Free park in Elmhurst, a 20 minute initial planning meeting to design an online Integrated Pest Management training that more than 800 childcare staff used,

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Satisfying Demand, Reducing Supply: Caring for Grass in a Water-Stressed World

The US residential sector uses more than nine billion gallons of water per day on landscapes and turf grass. MPAC’s Ryan Anderson investigates options to quench your lawn’s thirst while saving our earth’s most important natural resource. Welcome to August, summer’s victory tour following its peak in July.  High temperatures and uncertain rain patterns (though we’ve been

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MGG’s 7th Pesticide-free Park

In cooperation with the Elmhurst Park District (EPD) and Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC) and its Midwest Grows Green (MGG) initiative succeeded again in creating safer and healthier outdoor spaces for children, pets, and wildlife, this time by establishing a test site for pesticide-free lawn maintenance at the 2.9 acre Van

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Understanding Organic Fertilizers

Dr. Doug Soldat, turfgrass researcher and extension specialist for the University of Wisconsin, discusses the ins and outs of organic fertilizers and their benefits. July is a great time to feed your lawn with an organic fertilizer. Not only will it improve the look of your lawn, it may, also, make it more environmentally friendly.

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