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Green Shield Certified Launches Sustainable Landscaping Standards

GSC for Landscapes expands sustainable pest control certification and evaluation services to outdoor spaces Madison, Wisconsin, May 3, 2022 – This May, the sustainable standard for premium pest protection, Green Shield Certified (GSC), will introduce GSC for Landscapes that identifies and promotes safer greenspaces for: Pollinators-Habitat destruction and overuse of pesticides has triggered an unsustainable population

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Protecting the Earth starts in your backyard this April

You may not find a better time to transition your lawn to organic, native or sustainable than this Earth Month. That’s because MGG and related organizations have developed programs, resources and events to support your transition. This support includes helping you: Obtain spring lawn and garden care tips MGG has plenty of factsheets to review

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Healthy Grounds Leads to Healthy Hounds

Local environmental and pet advocacy groups combine to raise awareness about rising canine cancer rates. Keeping man’s best friend healthy requires proper exercise, nutrition and… lawn care. “Dogs love digging in the dirt, rolling around in the grass and licking their paws. These behaviors unfortunately can result in adverse health outcomes if using synthetic pesticides

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MGG Technical Assistance in Action: City of Elgin

Elgin’s turfgrass at Lords Park struggled to grow in rocky, compacted and thin soil.  MGG’s Technical Assistance Program implemented soil restoration to improve the environment for plant growth this fall.  This year, our Technical Assistance Program (TAP) had the opportunity to transition a portion of the City of Elgin’s historic Lords Park away from synthetic

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The Chicago Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

On-field fundraiser promotes pesticide-free play for everyone. 65 percent of natural grass sporting fields receive pesticide applications. “Our high use of pesticides on turfgrass has far-reaching effects for our children, pets, water quality and pollinators,” Ryan Anderson of the non-profit sustainable landscaping initiative Midwest Grows Green (MGG) explained. “We need to ask if these risks

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Press Release: “Ground War” Documentary Screening September 9th

Film highlights the human health risks resulting from our desire for “perfect” athletic fields. Find a PDF of this press release at bit.ly/GroundWar21PR You won’t find many men healthier than Andrew Nisker’s father. “My dad was a health nut,” Nisker recalled. “The great outdoors was his playground. He was vibrant and active. His death was

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Press Release: Mosquito Barrier Treatments

Research Indicates Mosquito Insecticide Treatments on Individual Properties May Contribute to Mosquito Resistance and Increase the Risk of Vector-Borne Diseases. Chicago, IL, May 19, 2021: Hiring a commercial pest control company to control mosquitoes in your backyard this summer may do more harm than good.    “We’ve seen that some of these individual measures reduce

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Visit our six new Pesticide-Free Parks!

Six parks, 28 turfgrass acres, will eliminate synthetic pesticide and fertilizer use this year thanks to work by MGG and partners. MGG’s Natural Lawn Care Technical Assistance program and Stonyfield Organic’s #PlayFree program  invite you to visit, play and enjoy our combined six parks managed naturally.  Read more about each below: Chicago Park District’s Grant

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Press Release: Grand Rapids Grows Green

Grand Rapids and local partners work to restore the Grand River by reducing runoff from nearby parks. Grand Rapids residents can enjoy a safer and cleaner Grand River this year thanks to efforts by the city, Sierra Club Grand Rapids and other local organizations to curb nearby pollution. Read more about this effort from the

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