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Reason #9 to attend our MGG Healthy Lawns Fundraiser

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson will share his comedic take on common lawn weeds. Back in my childhood, I would pick up a dandelion, make a wish, and blow its seeds into the air. I didn’t realize back then, but I was probably public enemy #1 for my neighbors trying to maintain their green, weed-free lawns. Not

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The 10 reasons to attend our MGG Healthy Lawns Fundraiser

We’re closing in on our Midwest Grows Green (MGG) Healthy Lawns Fundraiser on October 29th, so we wanted to share the 10 reasons to attend. Each week, this blog will add a new reason. Reason #7 Healthy Communities! More than 40 individuals have taken the Midwest Grows Green Pledge to reduce their synthetic lawn pesticide and fertilizer

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Urbana Grows Green Weekend

Lawn and garden care experts share tips to manage your lawn and garden without pesticides September 7 – 11th   According to the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, a weed-free lawn doesn’t always mean a healthy lawn. “It often means incomplete,” said MPAC’s Assistant Director and Communications Manager, Ryan Anderson. “Dandelions provide a feast for honeybees

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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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The Lawn Ideal

MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee discusses how to build a strong and healthy lawn from start to finish. A beautiful lawn is like cultivating a new idea.  It takes the right ingredients, maintenance, and time.  To start, you need a solid foundation of facts and information before elevating the glimmer of an idea into action.

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Fighting Enemies, Cultivating Active Educators in 2017

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson calls for an all-hands-on-deck effort to eliminate pesticide misuse in 2017. The MGG Forum’s active education approach builds the foundation. 2017 started with the worst possible news for us.  On January 2nd in Amarillo, Texas four children died in their trailer home from the misuse of the toxic pesticide Aluminum phosphide. The

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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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Environmental Groups tout the importance of bees

Neonics, habitat loss, and climate change all contribute to the global decline of bee populations. While many place the blame on agriculture for the proliferation of these factors, our own lawns and gardens can, also, serve as dangerous spaces for bees and other pollinator species. On Thursday June 23rd, MPAC’s Program and Communications Manager Ryan Anderson

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