Where to Find Pesticide-Free
Lawn and Landscape Care Products
UPdate Spring 1999
reports suggest you should be able to obtain pesticide-free lawn and landscape
Larkin's Landscaping, 471-1149
For Soils: contact "Kel-Ann Organics,"
Your Private Gardener, 479-1021, total
property care only, not
just cutting lawns.
Manicure Lawn Property Service (Dave
Pro-Green, 758-3512, 639-9329, 883-1451;
Ann Perry provides
& lawn care; and although Pro-Green is
based in Schubenacadie,
they work frequently in the Halifax
no spot spraying.
For SOD: There are no local sources
yet for pesticide-free sods (who will be the first sod producer to market
an organic "Eco-Sod"- with a mixed sward of low-maintenance grass varieties
Elmsdale Landscaping Ltd. (883-2291,
883-2250) provides a limited
quantity of fine
Paul Boutilier 876-8579 (home), 826-7173
(work), is a distributor for
and other organic lawn care products. Pesticides
used in his lawn care services, however.
both (1) chemical/pesticide lawn care and (2) organic lawn care, but who
prefer non-toxic methods, include
Eden Park, 456-6721,
for any landscape work, its a good idea to ask very
Atlantic Landscape Gardeners, 835-9651,
as using "no sprays whatsoever," do
call in Nutri-Lawn
to apply pesticides,
A&A Lawncare and General Maintenance,
Edmonds Landscape Services (if specify
in contract "no
423-8174 (phone), 455-9956 (fax).
Pesticide-free landscapes that are
beautifully maintained by
Vernon Mingo (of
Edmonds) are on view at the NS Museum
of Natural History,
the Halifax Shopping Centre, and the
playground at the
IWK Hospital for Sick Children.
specifically for a complete ingredient
list of ALL materials that will be
applied to your lawn, in writing, so
that regrettable confusions do not
FOR A GREAT
NEW CANADIAN SOURCE OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROLS, CONTACT THE NATURAL INSECT
CONTROL (NIC) CATALOGUE
Phone (905)382-2904, Fax (905)382-4418,
RR#2, Stevensville, Ont. L0S 1S0
E-Mail: [email protected]
NOTE: It is not a good idea to trust
the use of the word "organic" until
third party certification can be provided
by an Organic Turf Care
Association in Nova Scotia. One of
several legitimate meanings of the word "organic" refers to long-chain
carbon compounds such as proteins or gasoline. Using this meaning, pesticides
such as 2,4-D or chlorpyrifos are strictly speaking "organic," but clearly
this is not what homeowners mean when they ask if a garden product is "organic."
They, of course, mean "is it pesticide-free?" which is another legitimate
meaning for the word.
have at times misled homeowners by saying their pesticide product is "organic."
Until only legitimate providers of organic lawn care are permitted to use
this word, you should rely on safe materials such as fully mature compost,
or Eco-Val, or other organic dormant fertilizers to feed your lawn or to
help regenerate your sterile soil. Do not use any products that have so-called
"INERT," "OTHER," "UNKNOWN," or "UNLISTED" ingredients listed on the label,
or ones identified as "ORGANIC-BASED." Suggestions of businesses that should
be added (or removed) from this list can be mailed to RATE, P.O. Box 25188,
HFX, NS, B3M 4H4.
Courtesy of Real Alternatives to Toxins
in the Environment (RATE), PO Box
25188, Halifax, NS, B3M 4H4
Email [email protected]