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By April 28, 2020No Comments

☀️Earth Day ?- Yard care items.

Just like there are so many good foods that come from the earth to nourish and strengthen our bodies, the earth has also given so many good things to nourish itself. Our yard and lawn is it’s own little ecosystem that we want to nourish just like we do with our bodies.

Instead of using commercial pesticides, look to what the earth has provided to take care of your landscape. You want it to be a safe space that you, your family, and pets can play and relax in.

1️⃣LAWN
There are fertilizers that use iron, molasses, and seaweed to keep it healthy. A favorite of mine that we used this spring on our lawn is Sunday Lawn. Use JUSTINGREDIENTS20 for $20 off.

An ingredient to be aware of in many grass feed and weed control type products is 2, 4-D. This is a herbicide that has been classified as a “possibly human carcinogen” by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). This is based on evidence that it causes oxidative stress and immunosuppression.(1)

2️⃣PEST CONTROL
This one above is made from nontoxic, environmentally friendly ingredients. Natural minerals like limestone makes for a great ingredient in pesticide alternatives for around the home and yard.

3️⃣ SOIL AMENDMENT
Volcanic ash is an excellent soil amendment that helps with water retention. It also helps feed the plants through the roots because as it breaks down, nutrients become more available to plants. It can also provide aeration to the soil. This is a great option for food gardens, potting plants, & landscaped yards.

4️⃣COMPOST
Making a compost bin and having a compost pile can enrich the soil around your yard. Compost encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter and in turn creates a nutrient rich material.
Lots of things from your kitchen and garden can be composted: egg shells, cut flowers, coffee grounds, potato and banana peels.

Compost should be made up of a 30:1 ratio of 30 parts brown compost (wood chips, pine needles,etc) to 1 part green compost (vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, etc). Those things combined with water, oxygen, & stirring makes for great compost.

Have you already made the switch to better lawn care products? I’d love to hear your experience with them in the comments!

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