Support Eco-Friendly, Bay-Friendly Lawn Care: The I Love Long Island Campaign

This is a challenge to all Long Islanders:   What if we could reinvent the suburban lawn, right where we invented it in the first place?    What if we decided not to put 5,000,000 lbs of pesticides on the ground here every year?   What if we chose native plantings?   What if we stopped putting high nitrogen (more than 10% on the bag) fertilizers on our lawns, and therefore into our groundwater, our drinking water, and into our bays, rivers and ponds, where it contributes to destructive algal blooms?   What if Long Islanders stopped putting one third of our water per year on our lawns?   Join us and take the pledge!
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We have but one source of water on Long Island — water left by glaciers, and we are fast depleting it and contaminating it.  What if we could have beautiful yards, and healthier ponds, streams and bays? You don’t need lawn fertilizer when the best food for your lawns is grass clippings, created by a good mulching mower.  Why have those clippings raked up, stuffed in plastic bags, and dumped in a landfill, then with the lawn starved for nutrients, have high nitrogen fertilizer spread around?   In the Fall, why have all your leaves raked up and stuffed in bags when again a good mulching mower makes all that plant food?  Why have the constant roar of noisy, polluting leaf blowers?  Why pay for that when its costly and unnecessary? Here is where The I Love Long Island Campaign comes in.    Dozens of local environmental organizations and natural lawn care specialists have banded together to change how Long Islanders go about lawn care.   If we want a sustainable Long Island, where people and nature can coexist, we must abandon our toxic lawns and embrace the place — Long Island, as it is was and was meant to be.    So go to the site, take the pledge.  You can also support Save The Great South Bay’s own efforts by contributing to a moratorium on high nitrogen fertilizers here.

They also need to know that you can ‘feed your lawn’ by with a mulching mower (preferably electric), that grass clippings and leaves are the best things for your lawn. Since the goal is to improve local groundwater, and therefore protect our drinking water and our surface waters, Save The Great South Bay also supports the use of native plantings, natural landscaping, and a yard that doesn’t need watering. We are draining and polluting the one source of our drinking water to keep our lawns an artificial green. This is not sustainable. Sustainability begins right in your back yard. “Go Native” and and help preserver Long Island for future generations. Go to The I Love Long Island Campaign to learn more, to take The Lawn Pledge, and to find that landscaper who knows how to make your yard beautiful, but sustainably and naturally.

What began last October as a call for local moratorium on fertilizers and pesticides in Sayville, started by the high school’s 260 freshmen, has been taken up by communities all along The South Shore.  We have been speaking before boating clubs, girl scout and boy scout troops, before civic associations and local business groups, at libraries and schools. We are producing a video on this issue, to be aired starting April 1st, when homeowners are allowed by law to put lawn fertilizer down again.

Contact us at: [email protected] if you want us to come speak to your community.

For those that use lawn fertilizer, we implore you please do not use any lawn fertilizer that has a nitrogen content of more than 10 percent, and that is more than 50% water soluble.  That is what we want the new law to stipulate.  Also, for the sake of the future and our local ecologies, please avoid pesticides. We kill the bugs, what happens to the birds, the fish, and, well, us?   To learn how to go organic on your lawn, watch the video above, or visit The Perfect Earth Project, her org, for more information.    You can also reference these cards on organic lawn care and pesticides:

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Finally, please support our campaign. Your pond, river and bay depend on it. The fish, shellfish, birds, amphibians and reptiles we share this island with need your protection. We are speaking on their behalf, and ultimately ours.  “Go Native” and and help preserver Long Island for future generations. Go to The I Love Long Island Campaign  to learn more, to take The Lawn Pledge, and to find that landscaper who knows how to make your yard beautiful, but sustainably and naturally.