Yes, another post about lawn care because it’s the most important choice that homeowners make about their landscapes, I venture to assert. Right, Paul Tukey? He’s a consistent pro-organic voice and contributed to this huge, prominent Washington Post spread about the issue. (And readers, note that Paul recommends "rebuilding the soil
life by top-dressing the lawn with screened compost and giving four
yearly applications of compost tea." Hey, another convert! I am SO going to try that stuff next year.)
Most of the article seems to make the case FOR organic lawn care, but then there’s this interesting quote from Scotts Miracle-Gro, which offers an organic lawn-care products "because consumers
want the choice." As for the environmental benefits of organics,
their chief environmental officer said "We believe most of that is
perception." A perception worth cashing in on, of course.
And David Clement, a "home landscape expert" with the University of Maryland, is skeptical of the claims of organic turf-grass advocates. "Organic lawn care is fine, and you can do that, but when you have problems, very few of the organic solutions are as effective," he’s quoted as saying. And "I’m not sold that organic would be that much better than the regular regime. I know there are a lot of people who feel otherwise. It almost comes down to your belief values." Wow, isn’t that exactly what Cheney says about conservation efforts? It’s a personal choice, ya know.Posted by Susan Harris on September 22, 2007 at 2:12 pm, in the category Shut Up and Dig.