Healthy Lakes and Lawns Drive Begins in Great Lakes

You have a choice: A green life or a green lawn.

The logo for the Alliance-Scotts campaign

The logo for the Alliance-Scotts campaign

Right? Wrong.

You don’t need to dose your grass with chemicals to win the love of your neighbors.

Sure, lawns are kind of ridiculous. They’re lots of work, from fertilizing to mowing.

But they do look nice, in a suburban kind of way, and the feeling of the blades under your feet is a nice one on a hot summer day. Just don’t get me started on having to pick up after the dog.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes has teamed up with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. to encourage people to take better care of the Great Lakes when they set out to keep up with the Joneses.

Collaborations between environmental groups and corporations can be dicey, but consider the information. The two groups are partnering to raise awarness, they say, and will publish and air media spots with common-sense tips for curbing the amount of pollutants and nutrients that wash into lakes.

Think about it for a minute. The same magic stuff that can make your lawn thick and green can spur algal growth in the Great Lakes. Lots of algae = lots of muck that can foul shorelines and ruin your day at the beach. Not to mention the loss to tourism.

Among the tips: Mow high, mulch, use low- or phosphorus-free fertilizers and clean up after yourself.

That doesn’t sound hard, does it?


3 Responses to “Healthy Lakes and Lawns Drive Begins in Great Lakes”

  1. I hope somebody in the UK follows this route - the English love of our lawns is not always as good to the environment as it might be.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I wish more communities would adopt policies that let people use native grasses for lawns.

    See this:

    http://laist.com/2008/09/19/palmdale_looking_to_ban_grass_front.php

  3. Apparently, there is some sort of attempt to clean Lake
    Tahoe and another lake in California. They are being
    explored by a mini sub with numerous gadgets to measure
    temperature, and the like. The lakes are over fished and
    subject to mass pollution.

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