Dear SafeMama: Lawn Care

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/29/09 •  3 min read

My daughter-in-law is concerned about their neighbors use of lawn pesticides and weed killers ~ do you know of any safe products in this area? Thank you

Late last spring, when the weather finally decided to cooperate and allow me to open the windows, I was completely giddy.  Opening the windows on a beautiful spring day is one those little joys in life, for me.  Whenever it’s even remotely warm enough, I throw them open to air the house out of old stale air.   But one day,  I was sitting there and I smelled this foul chemical smell coming in and I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out.   Until I looked down the street and saw that the neighbors were getting their lawn sprayed with chemicals from a well known lawn company.   Of course, they’re well within their rights, but I slammed the windows shut and wondered WHY anyone would want to put that stuff on their lawn when they have small children who play constantly on it.

Living in a cookie cutter neighborhood, I want my lawn to be lush and green and pretty, but not at the expense of my family’s health.

There are a couple of options that I know about:

Of course, unless you’re very close with your neighbors, you can’t really delicately tell them that you don’t appreciate them using chemicals on their own lawn, but you can help keep your own lawn greener.

And this is where I turn it over to SafeMama readers.  Any other advice?   I’ve got limited knowledge on greener lawn care, as I don’t generally fuss too much with my lawn.   Leave your answers in the comments.