Pesticides Explained

What Are Pesticides? 

Pesticides are materials used to control insects, weeds, diseases and a host of other pests—not just insects. These materials can be synthetic (man-made) or biological and biorational (derived from items in nature).

There are many common household items that we do not normally perceive as pesticides, yet they are. For instance:

  • Clorox® Regular-Bleach used in our washing of clothes is an EPA-registered pesticide.
  • Common soap mixed with water and sprayed onto potted plants is considered a pesticide.
  • A pet's flea collar is a pesticide.
  • Your lawn care service may use pesticides.
  • The surgical room at a hospital has been treated with pesticides.

So, does this mean that pesticides are safe or dangerous? It means neither, but there are things you should be aware of.

A Company You Can Trust

At NaturaLawn of America, we understand the public's concern and know about the dangers and impact that a misused pesticide can have on the environment and ourselves. Pesticides (and all chemicals) are like machines; they cannot think or make decisions. We must do that for them.

Chemical Use or Abuse

All of us have a responsibility to help ensure against misuse of a chemical by becoming complacent or uncaring. Remember, a pesticide can be misused in several ways:

  • Applying too much ("if a little is good a lot is not better").
  • Plants and animals can be sensitive to chemicals. The improper use of chemicals may cause injury and/or sickness.
  • Pouring unused or excess materials down the kitchen drain, toilet or gutter outside is a direct pollutant to our water systems and soils.

Reduced Usage

The Natural Alternative® and the Alternative® lawn programs developed by NaturaLawn of America have been able to reduce the use of insect and weed control pesticides by over 85% as compared to traditional chemical lawn care and spray companies. This equates to several thousand gallons of pesticides being eliminated from our environment.

We do this through the use of our proprietary products that feed the soil and create a healthy environment for the lawn and soil organisms. Our IPM program allows us to make environmentally responsible decisions regarding the use of control materials, and our dedication to using biological materials further reduces the amount of synthetic pesticides being introduced into the environment.

Before using any pesticide, please read the directions on the label and follow the safety precautions. Remember, children don't always know the difference between something pretty or something poisonous.

You shouldn't have to choose between having a healthy lawn and a healthy family and planet. For safer lawn care, please contact us today to get started.

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Testimonials

Our lawn looks fantastic! Please continue the no-chemicals approach for my lawn! Thanks!

Julie Hepburn – Leawood, KS

This is our second year with NaturaLawn of America and I can’t say how much we appreciate your work. The yard is awesome!

Don Strei – Elk River, MN

Our lawn looks great! Better than it ever has! Good Work!

Eddie Reed – Shawnee, KS

Thanks for helping me transform an “ugly duckling “into a “swan”.  You deserve the “Best in Yard Improvement Award!

Gail Meador – Glen Allen, VA

We have been very pleased with NaturaLawn of America.  The service is prompt and friendly.  The results have been gratifying.  Our lawn looks lush and green and we have received many compliments.  I highly recommend the service.  And of course, it’s organic-based!

George Reed – Newton, CT

I’m just dropping you a note to let you know that we are very pleased with your lawn service, the way we are treated and the beautification of our lawn.  Many families have seen our lawn and are very impressed by the way it looks.  They are even more impressed that you are an organic-based company and use 85% less chemicals and pesticides.  We have referred many of our friends and neighbors and will continue to refer people as the opportunity arises.

Jack & Sherrie Decker – Plainview, MN

My lawn is beautiful.  It has never looked this good.  It looks like lush green velvet.  We only had one dandelion this spring and it was on the edge of our property, so it must have been the neighbor’s!

Jennifer L. Lloyd – Bear, DE

A walk around my yard compels me to set aside time to tell you how pleased I am with the condition and appearance of my lawn.  I have heard for years that one could not establish a decent lawn in Richmond without devoting a tremendous amount of time, energy and money to getting it done.  I took that as a challenge.  Despite my best efforts, including a fair run with another lawn care service, the results were disappointing.  I began to believe that story.
 
My experience with NaturaLawn of America, however, belies that lore.  Since I started with you last year, the improvement has been miraculous.  My lawn is thick, green, nearly devoid of weeds and growing in spots it never grew before.  It’s the best looking lawn in the neighborhood! In addition, with two indoor/outdoor pets, my wife and I have far fewer concerns about health risks for them because of your system!

Joe Sullivan – Richmond, VA

I just want to thank you for all the years of guidance and wonderful service that you provided to us.  As first-time homebuyers, we were unaware of the constant maintenance a lawn requires.  We have been using your service since 1997 and our lawn went from dirt to a plush velvet yard.  We have received many compliments on our wonderful yard – thanks to the service you provided year after year.  We have and will always continue to recommend you to others.

Michele Sawyer – Richmond, VA

Our yard was in terrible shape when we bought our home.  Being first-time homeowners, we were unsure how to tackle the daunting task of improving our yard.  We contacted NaturaLawn of America for assistance.  Within a week, they were at our home beginning the process of turning our yard around.  After 2 weeks we saw significant improvement.  We are extremely happy and couldn’t be more pleased with the service and dedication that NaturaLawn of America has shown in turning our yard around.  We would recommend them to anyone!

Brian Cleland – Belleville, IL

Our lawn is beautiful.  Thank you for the great results AND for protecting my family and the environment from unnecessary chemicals and pesticides.  It’s nice to have a lawn care company that is concerned about my lawn, my family and the environment.  When people are looking for a healthy, nice lawn, friendly service AND a safer lawn care option, I highly recommend they call NaturaLawn of America.

Pete Plimmer – Wilmington, DE

The family who built our three-year old house was unsuccessful in two attempts to seed a lawn.  Our grass was in terrible shape; but as a mother and pet owner, I was unwilling to load it up with nasty chemicals.  Instead, I called NaturaLawn of America.  We now have a beautiful healthy lawn that I can feel good about.  And my husband touts our “organic” lawn to anyone who will lend and ear.

Susan Horne – Aurora, OH

For over 22 years, NaturaLawn of America has been creating naturally beautiful lawns that are safer for you, your family, pets and the environment.  Of course our satisfied customers say its best!
 
In less than a year, my lawn has gone from one of the worst on the block to among the best.  This is quite an accomplishment considering we have well water and, therefore, never water the lawn.  The  service is also top notch – friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to explain why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Stewart Kaufman – Southbury, CT

NaturaLawn of America has cared for my lawns now for 10 years (2 houses) and I am completely satisfied with your company.  My service technician is friendly, caring and knowledgeable.  I’m happy with the results, how you care for my lawn and the prices you charge – happy enough that I recommend you to others and I tear up ads from competitors without even reading them.
 
My husband and I are currently acquiring a house in New Hampshire.  There is no question that I will want NaturaLawn of America service at that house.  It is a true pleasure to work with a “national” company that treats their customers in a local business manner.

Anne Bullitt – Newark, DE

You are doing a great job! We are glad we switched to NaturaLawn of America and are spreading the word about the super job you do.

Steve Pfannenstein – Rockville, MN

I wanted to write and let you know how pleased I am with NaturaLawn of America.  I had never used a lawn service before.  I’m against putting more chemicals into the environment, so I decided to see what you could do organically.  My lawn was 1 ½ years old – builder grade seed on builder soil! It was a lawn in need of some help, but I didn’t know how wonderful it could look.
 
Two days ago, my neighbor (who used one of the top chemical lawn companies) sounded a little baffled and asked what I do to my lawn – It looks like a carpet!  We just smiled and said “NaturaLawn of America”.  That’s when I took a good look at my lawn and everyone else’s - our lawn is thick and green.  Despite the recent drought, despite our lack of attention to our lawn, and despite its humble beginnings, it is a magnificent piece of work.

Paul & Doris Pavlichek – Mount Airy, MD