Support Eco-Friendly, Bay-Friendly Lawn Care

In order to save our bays, rivers and ponds, and our local environment, we need to stop putting pesticides and high nitrogen chemical fertilizers on our lawns. What goes on our lawns ends up in our groundwater, and then either into our waters, polluting them, or into our drinking water, contaminating it. People need to know this.
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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.