Lawn care and Lake Hopatcong

In the past I have posted about lawn care products. Gee, this subject has been around for years as I remember discussing it in the '70's.
Last years Lake Hopatcong episode is a good example of what the runoff from these chemicals can contribute to. Some people just don't connect the mishandling of these chemicals with last summer's closing of the lake.
In our town, about two weeks ago on Willow Grove street, I witnessed a commercial lawn care company applying product with a broadcast spreader, in the rain. The product easily goes into the shoulder of the road and into puddles. It can not really be swept up. Same thing in my development. Applying in the rain and leaving the granules to sit and/or melt on the sidewalks and curb make it real easy to wash away into the Muskie(poor fish and plants).
Most companies do plan on blowing the product off the hard surfaces and back on to the lawn but, in reality it isn't always done well or at all.
I'm asking people who do choose to contract with season long, commercial applicators to make a point of requiring they thoroughly clean up all product from hard surfaces which will help save all the little critters(including your cats and dogs) and people from the ill effects of the various products that are applied.
The goal is to use just what you need and to keep it where it belongs. Also, applying before heavy rains is unconscionable but, happens all the time.
If you apply your own products, a drop spreader is useful around the perimeter of your property to keep product off your hardscapes and your neighbors property. I think commercial applicators should use a drop spreader in these areas.

I wish all lawn products would be outlawed. A green lawn vs the environmental impact is not worth it IMO.

Sacks cousin
March 26th

I would worry about the salt on the roads. Return on the investment of your worry. Way more salt.

You have no idea what the guy was spreading to know whether it was a problem to be in the rain.

Plenty of products out there that have no environmental impact and can be applied in the rain.

Safe non iced streets are not worth the environmental impact. Poor fish. Drive at your own damn risk.

March 26th

Agree with the salt too. When it snows I don’t drive. And if you have to, get a car that is good in the snow and/or some snow tires.

Sacks cousin
March 26th

most Lawn care products are toxic and ruining our water. Just cut your grass high, use natural fertilizers, water, and seed annually.

How toxic are they. Which products are you referring to and what is their LD50?

You do know ticks prefer tall grass? How are you going to effectively control?

Diseased lawns cause areas to die back, exposing soil and increase run off pollution, how do you control that?

Increased seeding will require more water and resources than a mature lawn, how will you deal with that.

Non-synthetic fertilizers live in the soil much longer and are considered ultra slow release, their extended life increases incident of run off pollution. How do you deal with that?

In this state alone, turf grass management is a multi billion dollar industry. Where do all those people work?

Very similar to DDT although I do admit a little bit of a stretch. We ended it to save birds. Turns out it was pretty effective controlling malaria. Good news-the birds are doing well. Bad news-more people die of malaria now then in the 70’s. Oh well.

It used to be open space was enough to appease the wacko’s. Now they are getting really selective on what the green space can be.

March 27th

Ordained is small, afraid of ticks. Only people like that could argue residential fertilizer application does not contribute to algae blooms.

And what do you define as a "wacko"

Also good to hear that you oppose open space.

Not opposed to open space. Just laugh that now you want to dictate what it’s made up of.

Turf cover prevents erosion, which prevents pollution. Properly applied fertilizer, is safe for the environment and promotes less pests and inputs as the turf is healthy.

Relax. Lake Hopatcong was fine if it was in NY or CT.

Facts. Does a body good. Move on.

March 28th

Great points ordained.

Sue Heck Sue Heck
March 28th

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