Recently, my wife and I spent a good portion of the summer in the beautiful mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado. I couldn’t help but notice how green and lush the bluegrass was while enjoying one of the outdoor concerts in the area. Kids were happily playing in the grass, others laying on it, and I even caught a glimpse of a woman running her hands over the soft blades of grass as though she were petting a dog.
I wondered if the experience would have been as pleasant if the park was not allowed to use fertilizers and herbicides to achieve such a thick, inviting lawn.
The word “herbicides” can have a negative connotation in some parts of the country. The perception is that herbicides are harmful, or really not needed to get a beautiful lawn. In fact, some municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting the use of pesticides on lawns and in landscapes.
But when it comes to grass, people want it green and weed free and that can only happen with the use of herbicides.
Some might object, going along with the opinion or belief of the day. But if you do the research, while there are some risks to using herbicides, they’re minimal if used properly. The benefits include a beautiful, thick lawn everyone enjoys when they’re running barefoot on it. When push comes to shove, most customers tell us to use whatever is necessary to make the lawn look great – trusting us to do the right thing.
So, whether it’s a park, sports venue, golf course or backyard, fertilizers and herbicides are necessary tools to help produce the healthy, green, beautiful lawn Americans love. Professionals, such as LawnAmerica, know how to use these tools properly, doing what we do with pride.
As for the city that banned pesticides? Recently, an upper court judge ruled that the local ban was not valid, since there are already state and federal rules in place to properly regulate the use of herbicides and pesticides.