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  • March 2018
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The greener side of the fence

We live in an area where having a great looking lawn has its challenges. The seasons are awesome, and in Wisconsin, we see our fair share of each of them. With spring just around the corner, our thoughts turn toward spending more time outdoors in nature. Much of that outdoor time is spent in your yard. We work out there, grow our gardens, play with our children or grandchildren, heck we even eat out there. Your lawn makes up the majority of your property in most cases. We all want that lawn to look great, thick and green, but what about weeds? Weeds are considered a nuisance and usually not welcome in our lawn. This is where I like to pose a question to those weed haters out there. “If you got to choose a dandelion-free lawn this year, but there is a pretty good chance walking across the lawn could cause you or your family to develop cancer, would you take it?” That’s easy, the answer is no, right? Yet, many who answer no will still use a chemical lawn service, or worse yet, put chemicals onto themselves! This year, take steps in creating a healthy yard. It is not as tough as you think, and not as expensive.

Autism and lawn chemicals

The reason I started my organic approach to lawn care is named Grayson. My son was diagnosed with autism at an early age. According to Autism Speaks, “a new study finds increased rates of autism among the children of women who lived close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy. The association was strongest when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters.”

The $ cost of organics versus the "cost" of chemicals

One thing people always ask us is, “Why are organics so expensive?” That is a good question, because they really shouldn’t be. Sure, you do need to apply more fertilizer to reach an adequate amount of nitrogen. Nitrogen is basically what keeps lawns healthy and green. Chemical companies can reach insane percentages of nitrogen with ease, but we really can’t. We also wouldn’t want to! Artificially increasing nitrogen rates can cause the grass to grow too fast, making it very susceptible to disease and insect infestation. Once your lawn starts to show these ill effects, the chemical guys will call up again with another high dose of dangerous chemicals to treat the problem they caused. This means you will end up spending more money in the long run on using chemicals. The real “cost” is the lives these chemicals end and the illnesses that can and will occur. Did you know your dog is five times more likely to get cancer if you use chemicals on your lawn? According to

Listen, organics take time. We feed your lawn and treat your soil naturally. By adding seed in the spring, we can thicken your lawn over time. The environment will take care of the rest. Your lawn is its own eco-system. Certain insects take care of other insects naturally. Disturbing that process by killing everything that moves is not the answer. By the way, you know what else moves across your lawn? You do, your kids do and even your dog!

Organic lawn care is not only better for the environment, but it’s better for your kids, it’s better for your pets and over the long term, it’s better for Wisconsin! You need to create a sustainable lawn, and that is not achievable with chemicals. Chemicals do nothing to thicken your turf, so when you stop using them Mother Nature will fill those bare spots with weeds!

Sustainability takes time

Organic fertilizers work with nature feeding and building the soil — not against it like synthetic fertilizers. Over time, you’ll find that your soil and lawn become healthier.

The plans that the chemical lawn companies use is pretty much all the same. They do not take soil samples to find the root cause of the problems. They may say they have a customized plan, but it’s simply not true. Face it, what’s on the back of their trucks is going on your lawn, your neighbor’s lawn and even the lawns fifty miles away. They purposely do not try to thicken your lawn because a thick lawn has less weeds, and they are in the business of killing weeds. That’s it. 

References: “Why Organic Lawn Care In Ohio?” Why Good Nature.

“More Evidence Linking Pesticide Exposure to Autism.” Autism Speaks.

"Organic lawn care is not only better for the environment, but it’s better for your kids, it’s better for your pets and over the long term, it’s better for Wisconsin!"

Troy Reissmann

For more information about Valley Organics, call 920-205-5252 or visit


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