MOM’s annual “Save the Dandelions” campaign helps raise awareness on the effects that toxic lawn chemicals have on our environment, wildlife, pollinators, and health.

Why Save the Dandelions?

Every year, 3 million tons of fertilizers and 33,500 tons of synthetic pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to make them look “perfect”, but these chemicals end up in our waterways, air, are ingested by wildlife, and ultimately wreak havoc on our environment.

The idea of pristine, manicured lawns originated in the 18th century as a status symbol among the elite, and dandelions were given the negative reputation of being a weed. Dandelions are one of the first spring flowers and serve as an important food source for pollinators. Help us #ProtectPollinators and #SaveTheDandelions by making the switch to organic lawn care!

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Did you know?

Organic Lawn Care Tips:

Drop off your old chemicals at your local hazardous waste collection site then start experimenting with these tips!

  • Water less frequently and when you do, use more water to promote deep root growth.
  • Keep grass 3” or higher to help retain water.
  • To fertilize, add compost or worm castings and leave grass clipping on your lawn after mowing.
  • Use natural pesticides like cedar, neem, citrus oil, cayenne pepper, or eucalyptus oil.
  • If you absoutley can’t live with dandelions, kill them and other weeds naturally with apple cider vinegar, table salt, dish soap, or boiling water.
  • Maintain 8+ inches of topsoil to encourage microbial growth.
  • Overseed, or completely replace, your lawn with native grasses.

Download MOM’s Organic Lawn Care Tips printable here

Organic vs Chemical Fertilizers:

 

Organic Fertilizers Chemical Fertilizers
  • Release nutrients slowly, which provides plants with a steady flow of nutrients
  • Non-burning and will not harm delicate seedling roots
  • Improve soil structure
  • Increase water and nutrient holding capacity
  • Promotes earthworms and soil microorganisms
  • May burn plants and can harm delicate seedling roots
  • Pollute groundwater
  • Require many applications
  • Can make soil toxic and deteriorate its structure 
  • Can kill off soil microbes
  • May repel  earthworms
  • Release nutrients quickly
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Protect Pollinators T-Shirts

All proceeds support Bat Conservation International.

Bat Con’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

Bats play an important role in pollination. They effectively run the night shift of pollination, as the bees and other insects take the day shift. Bats are indispensable for the reproduction of multiple flowers and fruits, including durian, bananas and agave.

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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