The Environment – “Going Green”

An important issue facing us today is how we treat the environment in which we live. Today’s actions are our legacy for the generations that follow. Indeed every one is involved in some way in the great debate over the future of our planet. Great debates are often conducted emotionally, and, unfortunately, emotion all to often crowds out logic, understanding, and clear thinking. In an issue as important as the protection of our environment, we all must become better informed and educated.
One point of contention is frequently raised about lawns and their impact on the enviorment. Are lawns harmful? Should you feel guilty spending resources such as water on it? Do the fertilizers and pesticides you apply damage the environment? The truth is, a well-tended lawn not only looks good, it’s good for the environment. It absorbs water so efficiently that it counter-balances all the rain washing off your roof and running down your driveway and sidewalk and into storm sewers. Lawns prevent soil erosion, moderate temperature, reduce glare and noise, serves as firebreaks in wildfire-prone regions, and offer many other benefits. The thicker the lawn, the better able it is to do its job. A thick lawn is a healthy lawn. By following the proper treatment protocols which includes using fertilizer, water, and pesticides judiciously, your lawn will be healthy.
Fertilizers and Pesticides:
Pesticides and Fertilizers are necessary for the care and protection of our homes and landscape as well as our health. Household pests can carry many diseases that affect the health of humans and our pets. Insects and diseases can also severely damage and ruin our landscapes.
New technology and research is bringing better, safer products to the industry giving you, the consumer, results while helping to protect the environment. Specifically, there are new pest control products that are derived from botanicals and other organics. This new generation of products is proving more effective than those in previous years.
These also taret specific insecticides available which allow us to treat damaging isects without affecting the beneficial insects also present in the treated environment.
Granular Fertilizing of turf and ornamental plants has been the standard for the industry for years. Liquid fertilizers were also employed but did not give as good of results as granular and did not last as long.
New research has determined that over 60% of granular fertilizer is lost due to plant up take ability usually due to soil conditions. Too much of the granular fertilizer is ending up in our aquifers and bays due to run off. Heavy rains during the wetter months allows this run off to enter storm drains and thus into other water supplies. Excessive Nitrates and Phosphates create algae blooms in these sources and has a negative impact environmentally. Many counties in the state of Florida, restrict the use of granular fertilizer and justifiably so. It is a matter of time before these restrictions are state wide. But then what? How do we feed and keep a healthy and beautiful landscape?
New technology has given us the answer. Nutrients in fertilizer are graded, from lowest to highest as industrial, technical, food grade and pharmaceutical grade materials. Granular fertilizers contain mainly industrial grade raw materials. New and available liquid fertilizers are formulated with technical, food grade and pharmaceutical grade materials. That is purity of 96 to 99.5% purity respectively. These products are applied in liquid form with small amounts of water and absorbed rapidly by the tissue of the plant usually within one hour after treatment. This leaves nothing to enter our water systems and gives us almost 100% of the delivered nutrients to the plant or turf for use. Our results are showing that the new liquid formulations are delivering the same longevity as granular without the negative impact.
We are committed to “Green” and will continue updating our treatment protocols as “green” technologies develop.
What are pesticides ?
The term pesticide is a general term used to describe any substance that is used to kill a pest or prevent and/or reduce the damage that they might cause.
Most of us think of pesticides as chemicals that kill bugs. Many common household cleaning products also fall into the category of pesticides. These products include: bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, aerosols, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, and pool and spa cleaners. Other products that are included as pesticides are wood preservatives, rodenticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
All pesticides can be identified by the presence of the EPA registration number. The EPA reviews all appropriate data to ensure that the product will not cause undue risk to people or the environment.
There was a study done several years ago which was presented at a seminar. It may help put pesticides into prospective.

A list of items was presented and we were asked to list them in order of greatest to lowest risk. Some of the risks presented were as follows:

  • Smoking
  • Riding a bicycle
  • X-rays
  • Handguns
  • Motor vehicles
  • Mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • Vaccination
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Electric power
  • Surgery
  • Pesticides
  • Motor cycle
  • Large constructions
  • Power mowers
  • Food preservatives

The study disclosed the following reality of the risks posed in order of highest to lowest risk

1- Smoking
2- Alcoholic beverages
3- Motor vehicles
4- Handguns
5- Electric power
6- Motorcycles
7- Swimming
8- Surgery
9- X-rays
10- Railroads
11- Large constructions
12- Bicycles
13- Hunting

21- Mountain climbing

24-Skiing


28-pesticides

As can be seen, pesticides, when used properly, pose no higher risk to us and our environment than other items encountered in our every day lives. Other chemicals we encounter are vitamins, salt, sugar, and soda. These are good materials if used correctly, but can become toxic if the dose is excessive.

Another area which many of us do not think about is the area of food safety. If food was regulated as a chemical, the recommended amount of French fries to be eaten would be ½ of 1. We would also be told to reduce our coffee consumption to a few drops.

Toxicity is in the dose. Many items become toxic when exposure is excessive.

We have a commitment to our clients and ourselves to think and act with environmentally sound practices.