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Old 06-29-09, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Anti-pesticide lawn signs

One thing that always makes me cringe when I see it is the invasion of little yellow flags on people's lawns warning to keep off the grass due to pesticide applications.

The small yellow flags usually have a symbol of children playing, and the universal "don't do this" of a circle and crossbar.

Hmmmm. I don't know about you, but I thought lawns were for playing on!

To make it even worse, I live within eyeshot of a lake. It seems that as you get closer to the lake, property values go up, and so does the likelihood of the homeowner to use a lawn service, complete with pesticide application. That means the places closest to the lake, are also the ones most likely to pollute it!

Meanwhile, I have a few more weeds on my lawn (or bio-diversity as I like to call it) and I always leave the lawn a bit longer, so it's root system can stay long and healthy and survive droughts better. (Houses closest to the lake seem to water their lawns more as well!)

I propose that we come up with some sort of a sign indicating that our lawns are INTENTIONALLY all-natural, drought-resistant, & pesticide-free. This could be a bit of a parody of those "keep off the grass" signs. Instead, the logo might show happy children and animals on a lawn, or simply indicate that "THIS IS A PESTICIDE-FREE YARD"

I imagine this sign being just a bit larger than the "keep off the grass" ones so that it is easily readable by walkers and cyclists. It would also be made from durable, recycled/recyclable outdoor materials.

Does anyone agree with this whole concept? What would you imagine to point out an "eco-friendly" yard vs the typical chemical lawn?

I could see this as having the potential to become a national campaign. We all have to start somewhere. Why not at home?

-Ben Nelson

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Old 06-30-09, 07:34 AM   #2
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Haha, I like that idea. It is such a pain when I'm walking my dog to try to keep her off specific grassed area... Half of the time I don't even see the flags until she has been walking on it for a while. Its just ridiculous.
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Old 06-30-09, 05:22 PM   #3
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That's awesome Ben...I like it.
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Old 07-01-09, 02:23 PM   #4
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It looks like there are already a couple of pesticide-free lawn campaigns going. Check out PesticideFreeYards.org in Canada and Pesticide Free Lawns Coalition in the US. The second link even has yard signs you can order online.

FWIW,
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