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Dieting your lawn

Your lawn’s out of shape! MPAC’s Ryan Anderson constructs a workout and diet plan for your lawn with help from a soil test. We need to manage our lawn’s soil similar to how one approaches a diet. The best dieters do their research beforehand by weighing themselves, tracking their eating and exercise schedule from weeks

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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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MWRD’s Midwest Grows Green Resolution

The MWRD Board of Commissioners recognized MPAC’s natural lawn care efforts by passing a resolution June 16th A raindrop falls on your lawn. It trickles through the green, entrenched mass, absorbing whichever chemical, fertilizer, and sediment in its way. Jammed full of matter, the droplet jumps into a storm drain and joins the crowd of

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Ignore your turf! Worry about the bottom-dwellers (literally)

MPAC’s Program and Communication Manager Ryan Anderson covers the amazing life and diversity found in the place you’d least expect: your lawn’s soil. The most bio diverse ecosystem on earth does not reside in the Great Barrier Reef or the Amazon. NO, it lives right in your backyard! Just one cup of soil can contain

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Going Natural: The Whys and Hows

Too often, childhood pastimes like playing sports, rolling down a grassy hill, or running barefoot on the lawn bring children into direct contact with dangerous lawn care products like weed-killers and synthetic fertilizers. These chemicals don’t just stay outside; they can be tracked indoors by people and pets where they adhere to carpets, home furnishings,

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Algal Bloom: A Problem for All Great Lakes Residents

Residents of the Midwest rely on the water quality of the Great Lakes for daily needs; one need not look further than the recent water contamination of Lake Erie for proof of this. This water contamination, which resulted in a 3 day period without drinking water, was caused by an ‘algal bloom’, or the rapid accumulation

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Natural Lawn Care: Three Steps YOU Can Take This Fall

Autumn is an important time of year  for keeping your lawn healthy and attractive without the use of dangerous chemicals.  Here at MPAC, we advocate for Natural Lawn Care, a method of approaching lawn care issues that provides safe and healthy recreational spaces. As the seasons change, precipitation levels increase and temperatures drop— the time

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