Think twice before putting pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) on lawns, gardens and trees.
Whether you buy them in bags or pay a landscape company to apply them, these chemicals pose health risks to humans, pets and wildlife. A quick internet search will reveal that thousands of studies link synthetic pesticides to cancers, neurological disease, fertility dysfunction, learning disabilities, and other health problems. The use of chemical pesticides has exploded - EPA reports that nearly 100 million pounds of pesticides are applied to US lawns every year. Studies also show that all Americans now have traces of pesticides in blood , breast milk and urine. Babies are exposed in utero.
Protect your health, the health of neighbors, children, pets and wildlife, and find alternatives to pesticides. For example, scatter compost and grass seed on your lawn in early fall to make it thicker and out-compete those weeds, instead of applying chemical fertilizer and herbicide.
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Love 'em and Leave 'em
Irvington started this program to keep our leaves on our properties - saving our villages money and reducing carbon emissions.
"Your fall leaves are a valuable resource that most homeowners let go to waste by having them blown into piles on the street, or perhaps raked into brown landscaping bags stacked curb-side, left for eventual town pickup. Often these vast piles spread out, washing into the storm drains and potentially clogging them. Ugh! What a mess!"
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The Vine Squad removes invasive vines from public areas and educates the public on how to do so. The most noxious alien vines in our area are porcelain berry and Asiatic bittersweet, followed by Asian wisteria and English ivy. A newcomer, akebia, is worming its way into Hastings too. These vines smother trees and displace native flora. We welcome you to join our efforts! Email email@example.com to learn more or read more on the Vine Squad page.