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Organic Gardening

Updated: May 5, 2021

Do you know these ten reasons to ditch your lawn and garden chemicals?

(Provided by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA), as adapted from a fact-sheet by the Organic Landscape Alliance, Toronto, Canada.)

  • Chemical pesticides and fertilizers contaminate surface and groundwater

  • Chemical pesticides threaten the health of children

  • Chemical pesticides threaten the health of outdoor pets

  • Chemical pesticides threaten the health of local wildlife

  • Chemical pesticides and fertilizers reduce the activity of beneficial organisms

  • Local wildlife need safe places to live

  • Chemical fertilizers are a waste of money

  • Chemical pesticides have the potential to cause damage throughout their lifecycles

  • Chemicals actually degrade the over-all long-term health of your lawn and garden

  • Lawn chemicals are unnecessary

Get started:

  • Have your soil tested and request organic recommendations. Contact the Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab.

  • Switch to organic fertilizers, ask your garden shop for information on how to use them.

  • Topdress your planting beds with a 2” layer of organic compost; work it into the top 6” of soil.

  • Pick off garden pests when they appear; use an organic pesticide for large infestations.

  • Rotate the placement of vegetables from year to year, to avoid build-up of pathogens in the soil.

  • Use a landscaping service that follows organic methods.

Get all the details:

The Suffolk County Water Authority has information on reducing water usage and sustainable lawn care.

See our page on for more resources on gardening in the SNAD.

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