My article on Organic Lawn Care is out today. Read the Washington Examiner version of the article online here (April 20 edition - page 67), or grab the print version at the red street boxes around town today - the article is on R11 (Real Estate section - page 11).
I attended this launch by SafeLawns.org on the lawn of the US Capitol building a few weeks ago -- great place for photo op -- but not so great for actually hearing the speakers what with the constant parade of traffic, tourists, and competing events out there on the Mall. So most anything I gathered from their press materials or from directly talking to the speakers afterwards. Lesson learned should the magazine ever plan to stage an event in such a public venue -- rent a portable microphone system or a bullhorn.
On a personal note, I'm sending a shout-out to my friend, Ang, who is battling non-Hodgkins Lymphona (aka cancer). You can check on how she is doing and leave her a note of encouragement at her blog here. While doing the research for this chemical-free lawn care piece, I came across volumes of research and horrifying stats about lawn care workers who habitually used pesticides and the high incidence of this very form of cancer. While Ang was not in frequent contact with those substances and the doctors have failed to pinpoint any probable link or cause for her disease, it worries me greatly that so many children, pets, athletes, etc. spend so much time in direct contact with chemically treated turf grass. On this Earth Day weekend I send out a plea to go organic in your lawn care and to put pressure on your local schools, parks, HOAs, etc. to do the same.