I'm an environmental advocate for sustainable yards working against the toxic golf course-style landscaping. It seems reasonable to expect that a gardener would know about native ecosystems and essential soil microbes, but not the case. Instead, we have guys with a lot of obnoxious and polluting engines visiting our neighborhoods daily. Apparently, loud engines and a backpack of RoundUp are what you need to "garden". In terms of herbicides and pesticides, landscapers and homeowners spray 30,000 tons (source: epa) of it every year on yards across America. All these needless pesticides end up in our waterways polluting drinking water and killing fish. We can all commit to a quiet, peaceful pesticide-free garden. Join your native plant society to learn about the plants we evolved with for millions of years. Planing native plants can actually save our birds and pollinators from extinction. Shrink the lawn!
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