Countdown to Earth Day Tip #12: Green Up Your Lawn Care!

Countdown to Earth Day Tip #12: Green Up Your Lawn Care!

  • There’s no need to wait until Earth Day on April 22 to start celebrating our planet and becoming more engaged in taking care of its precious resources. This article is part of a series of tips on how to “go green” in Kane County — 15 in all, one for every business day before Earth Day. Use them to tap into your inner eco-mindfulness and let your green spirit shine brighter than ever!
  • This article was contributed by Hannah Potter from the Kane County Health Department, on behalf of the Healthy Places Coalition

Tip #12 — Green Up Your Lawn Care!

As the spring weather kicks in, so does the beginning of lawn care responsibilities for many of us in Kane County, IL.

Residents of Kane County are pledging to Keep ON the Grass and choose eco-friendly lawn care products. Doing so keeps their pets, children, and homes healthier. Join by taking the pledge for Midwest Grows Green here.

According to the National Gardening Association, 75 percent of U.S. households take care of their own lawn and garden. Why not make some greener choices in your lawn care routine this year, reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides so that it’s safer for your kids and pets to Keep ON the Grass?

This year the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is partnering with Midwest Pesticide Action Center to help Kane residents create healthier homes.

Under this partnership, seven retailers in Kane County have enrolled in MPAC’s Midwest Grows Green program for the first time. This program is designed to help participating retailers with the promotion and sale of organic, eco-friendly lawn and landscape care products (read a full press release about this partnership here).

Check out displays at these stores to learn about the program and join the effort of protecting the environment and your family’s health:

Ace Hardware 994 N. Lake St. Aurora
Ace Hardware 1901 W. Wilson St. Batavia
Ziegler Ace Hardware Meadowdale Shopping Center Carpentersville
Ziegler Ace Hardware 215 N Spring St. Elgin
Ace Hardware 617 W. State St. Geneva
Home Depot 2111 S. Randall Road Geneva
Ziegler Ace Hardware 301 Randall Road South Elgin

Just look for the Midwest Grows Green label to identify green product options at these retailers.

Information on alternative lawn maintenance practices, natural weed control and fertilization, composting, grass cycling, and the use of electric tools will be available at these locations.

Midwest Pesticide Action Center works to implement long-term policy changes and to develop innovative, model programs for indoor and outdoor pesticide use reduction. For more information visit www.midwestpesticideaction.org.

For more information about the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition visit http://kanehealth.com/healthy_places.htm or call Terry Roman at the Kane County Health Department at 630-264-7670.

Read the Countdown to Earth Day Series!