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Crabgrass

Midwest natural lawn care companies offer tips for controlling crabgrass during its most active season. Many weeds struggle to grow during hot, dry summers like this one. Except for crabgrass, which spreads to any summer stressed area in your lawn. We updated our Natural Lawn Care Providers List and asked each provider to provide one

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What do you want in a lawn?

Help researchers in Illinois develop informational resources about natural lawn care: Fill out a survey and enter to win an iPad! Whether or not we realize it, the actions we take to care for our lawns affect the environment. As lawn care relates to water quality, pesticides and fertilizers added to the lawn can runoff

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Achieving Long-Term Pesticide Reduction across Greater Chicago

MGG’s Ryan Anderson previews Chicago Grows Green Week and its theme of “Growing Pesticide-Free Lawns & Gardens for the Long-Term” You “have to bring something to the party” when motivating park districts, schools or individuals to eliminate their lawn pesticide use as Healthy Communities Project (HCP) founder and Midwest Grows Green (MGG) friend Amy Joyce

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Growing Thriving Landscapes in Milwaukee

Midwest Grows Green’s Ryan Anderson provides a sneak peak at Milwaukee Grows Green Weekend and its theme “Growing Landscapes that Thrive” In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization declared that we only have 60 years of harvests left.  Our world’s degrading soil largely causes this bleak outlook. Every minute we lose 30 soccer

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Let me introduce you to MidwestGrowsGreen.org

MGG’s Leader, Ryan Anderson, introduces you to our new website and look. I directed my last project, the Midwest Grows Green (MGG) Lawn & Land Forum workshop, as an employee of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center on October 29th, 2018.  I started the Lawn & Land Forum two and a half years ago to create

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Urbana Grows Green Weekend

Lawn and garden care experts share tips to manage your lawn and garden without pesticides September 7 – 11th   According to the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, a weed-free lawn doesn’t always mean a healthy lawn. “It often means incomplete,” said MPAC’s Assistant Director and Communications Manager, Ryan Anderson. “Dandelions provide a feast for honeybees

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Glyphosate loses this one but still a long way to go!

A San Francisco district court reached a historic decision last Friday. Monsanto must pay $289 million to one man, Dewayne Johnson, suffering from terminal Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for misleading the public on the safety of their products that contain the toxic chemical glyphosate, Ranger Pro and RoundUp. More than 450 lawsuits regarding the health effects and safety

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The Alternative Lawn

Amy Cox, Co-Owner of Pro Time Lawn Seed, discusses low-input, low maintenance alternatives to the conventional, uniform lawn. The American lawn is changing. Whether driven by environmental awareness or personal taste, homeowners search for sustainable alternatives to the thirsty monoculture of the ‘perfect’ lawn that requires loads of time, fertilizers, and pesticides to maintain. By

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MGG Lawn and Land Forum Resources

MPAC is partnering with the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association on the Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum to document, summarize, and improve the state of Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care policies and practices locally, regionally, and nationally. The Forum hosts sessions quarterly and engages practitioners from sporting fields to academics. View the

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The Whats and Whys of Mosquito Abatement Districts

Do you know your Mosquito Abatement District? MPAC’s Ruth Kerzee sheds light on these mysterious, quasi-governmental agencies When I was a kid, oh those many years ago, mosquito bites were a part and parcel of summer. No one seemed to give a hoot about them except for those unattractive, red itchy bites that sometimes kept

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