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Happy Holidays!

 Organically grown Christmas trees ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

Freshly cut & shipped right to your door on the arrival date of your choosing!

Read about John’s visit to the organic Christmas tree farm 

Christmas trees are nearly always farmed in mass using harmful chemical pesticides and herbicides. These growing techniques are dangerous to the environment, to the farmers, to wildlife and pollinators, and to you, your family, and your pets.

At ecoLogical, we believe in helping communities to live sustainably and make choices that are as environmentally responsible and eco-friendly as possible. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Murphy’s Christmas Trees and Organics, a family-owned organic farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Murphy’s farm sustainably and organically raises Fraser Fir Christmas trees that are Toxic Free NC certified and Certified Naturally Grown.

Please visit our online order form to order your tree online. You can select your size, shipping arrival date, and even an organic wreath to go with your Christmas tree!

John’s visit to the organic Christmas tree farmThis October, John traveled all the way to North Carolina to meet Doug Murphy, the owner of Murphy’s Christmas Trees and Organics, and see the farm and inspect the trees in person.

John was nothing less than extremely impressed— the trees are absolutely gorgeous and robustly green; they are truly the best trees out there.

Normally, Christmas trees that are sold at conventional Christmas tree lots, or big box retailers, are up to 45 days old at the time of purchase— they are cut down and then sit on display (or on shipping trucks!) for weeks and weeks until they are finally sold.

On the contrary, just a few hours before we ship your tree directly to your home, your tree at Murphy’s is cut and immediately boxed, and will arrive right at your front door within a couple of days. You can’t possibly buy a fresher Christmas tree!

Choose Organic & Happy Holidays!
from ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care

On behalf of Bee Safe Neighborhoods and Friends of the Earth, we all at ecoLogical Lawn and Tree Care urge you to deliver a card to store managers at Lowe’s Home Improvement asking to please take bee-killing pesticides and neonicotinoid-treated plants and products off of their shelves this Halloween.

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s an absolutely necessary cause. The Home Depot has already agreed to label all of their neonic products by the end of 2014– let’s get Lowe’s on board, too!

Below is a personal letter from Friends of the Earth:

Hello friends,

 

Treat-or-treat. Tell Lowe’s to give the bees something good to eat!

Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, but they are dying at alarming rates. A growing body of science shows that neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides are a key contributor to bee declines and are harming birds, butterflies, reptiles, earthworms and soil microbes, which are essential for healthy ecosystems and food production.

But Lowe’s continues to sell neonicotinoid pesticides and plants pre-treated with them – contributing to the decline of bees.

Halloween is right around the corner, and thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada will be knocking on Lowe’s door October 29-31.

Join us: Deliver a Halloween card asking Lowe’s to give bees treats, not tricks, and take bee-killing pesticides and plants pre-treated with these harmful chemicals off their shelves.

Over a dozen retailers across the country recognize that neonics are a problem and are doing their part to start fixing it. BJ’s Wholesale Club, a store with over 200 stores in 15 states eliminated neonics from its store. Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer agreed to label all plants treated with neonics by the end of 2014 and is working with its suppliers on alternatives to protect bees. These stores demonstrate Lowe’s can make the shift! 

But Lowe’s isn’t listening to clear science or its customer base. Thousands of you have signed petitions, made calls and taken action on social media asking Lowe’s to be a pollinator champion and stop selling “poisoned plants” and bee-killing pesticides. 

We need your help to ramp up the pressure. Pledge to take one simple action to save bees: Deliver a Halloween card asking Lowe’s to take the bee-killers off its shelves.

Just this week, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said neonicotinoids are “the biggest threat to the structure and integrity of the ecosystem that I have encountered in my life, bigger than DDT.” We need to stop Lowe’s from continuing to be a “Little Shop of Horrors” housing these bee-toxic pesticides. 

Delivering a card to store mangers is easy and fun. Hope you’ll be joining us this Halloween,

 

Tiffany Finck-Haynes and Lisa Archer
Food and technology program
Friends of the Earth U.S.

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Please share this with your neighbors, family, and friends!

If you are posting on social media, be sure to include the hashtag #TreatsNoTricks

It’s the middle of October and your lawn is covered with leaves. What do you do?

First of all, jumping into a big pile of leaves is a fun fall activity to do in the backyard. But don’t leave the leaves there for too long! Leaves block sunlight and block air from circulating through your turf and soil, especially if a layer of leaves gets wet from the rain or snow. Ultimately, a colorful blanket of leaves on the ground can cause even healthy grass to die.

Instead of raking the leaves into one giant mound that will hang out in the corner of your yard for 3 months, or stuffing them all into an enormous bag for the garbage collector to haul away, put the rake down and get to work with a mulching mower, or install a mulching blade from the hardware store in your regular mower. Shredding the fallen foliage into small, mulched bits will provide you with a very nutrient-dense, microbial-rich, organic topdressing that you can spread easily on your garden or vegetable beds, fold into soil/planters mix, and sprinkle all over your lawn. This organic leaf mulch will fully decompose by spring, reinvigorating your soil with necessary nutrients over the winter while also obliterating pesky weeds.

 

Happy fall! Get mulching!

 

IN THE NEWS: Pesticide use by farmers linked to high rates of depression, suicides

 

Please support organic farmers and say no to pesticides. 

Please choose organic and be merry this holiday season!

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Order your Certified Naturally Grown, pesticide-free Christmas tree today! Click here to view our web flyer

 

Questions? Call or email ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care at 303-444-3456 / info@ecologicallawncare.com 


Make the holidays this year happy and healthy —
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Thank you and best regards,

The ecoLogical Team

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As we wave goodbye to summer, we know what you are all thinking: hooray for FALL!

‘Tis finally the season for pumpkin-flavored-everything, watching the leaves change color, designing the best Halloween costume ever, breaking out the boots and scarves… and waiting oh-so-patiently for the winter holidays to arrive!

 

 

But thinking about Christmas in September? Isn’t it just a little “too early” right now?

 

Most of you may believe so at first, since— despite the early snowfall we’ve already experienced this week!— the holiday season is still a few months away.

 

But believe it or not, fall is actually a really great time for us all to start thinking ahead about what we will need come wintertime, like that season ski pass to Breckenridge, or booking those plane tickets to Minnesota so you can finally spend Thanksgiving with your in-laws (yikes…)!

 

… Clearly, there are some things that you just have to plan for, which is why we are very excited to announce that we are now pre-selling:

ORGANIC CHRISTMAS TREES!

photo: www.opb.org

Get ready to deck the halls this FALL!

In order to provide you with the best quality organic tree this Christmas, you will need to pre-order with us ahead of time. These 100% pesticide and chemical-free, free-range and organically-grown Frasier Fir Christmas trees are specially imported from Murphy’s Christmas Trees and Organics, a family-owned organic farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We are very proud of our partnership with Murphy’s and are thrilled to be offering our community here in Colorado this better, organic option for the holidays.

 You can visit the Murphy’s Tree Farm website and learn more

about their organic farm and products here

There is a very high national demand for these gorgeous organic Christmas trees, and you must place your order with us by October 15th

To order an organic Christmas tree through ecoLogical Lawn Care and Murphy’s Tree Farm, all that is needed from each customer is a $25.00 refundable deposit, which will go directly towards the final cost of your one-of-a-kind organic tree. We are offering 5′-6′ and 6′-7′ organic Christmas trees for $89 and $99 respectively.

 

Please spread the word to all of your neighbors and friends, and let us know as soon as possible if you or someone you know is interested!

  Choose organic! Call us today! 303-444-3456  

ORDER DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15th

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

Why Choose an Organic Christmas Tree?

 Organic Christmas trees contain contain ZERO pesticides or other harmful synthetic chemicals. The pesticides found in conventionally grown Christmas trees are linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancer, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, organ damage, reproductive/birth defects, asthma, and more (EPA).

 

 Organic Christmas trees are the most eco-friendly and non-toxic option, contary to the popular belief that artifical trees are the most eco-friendly and safest alternative. Artificial trees can be even worse for the environment than their conventional counterparts since most are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, which most often also contains toxic lead. Many artificial Christmas trees caution individuals to avoid inhaling or eating any bits of lead dust that may fall from the branches (EPA Beyond Pesticides). Artifical PVC trees and conventional trees that are doused in chemical pesticides can endanger your family, your pets, and the environment.

 

 Organic Christmas trees are the most lush, green, and gorgeous Christmas trees out there! Organic Christmas trees are truly the greener tree— no pun intended!— yet organic trees still make up less than 1% of all the Christmas trees that are farmed in the United States in a given year. Organic trees are hard to find, so don’t miss out! Choosing and bringing home an organic Christmas tree is the best choice for you and your family, your pets, and the environment: it’s ecologically responsible, it’s safe, and they are positively beautiful!

 

 

You can learn more about why organic Christmas trees are the best Christmas trees by visiting the following online articles:

“For a Very Merry, Organic Christmas” – Beyond Pesticides

-  “Christmas Trees and Pesticides” – Organic Consumes Association

- “Is Your Christmas Tree Sprayed With Pesticides?” – Organic Authority

COMING SOON: ecoLogical’s September Newsletter!

We are excited to announce that we will now be publishing all of our newsletters on our blog and with all of our readers! Please subscribe to stay in the loop on earth-friendly topics and news, organic lawn care tips, gardening tips, and more!

You can access all of our archived newsletters from the 2014 season by clicking on the following links below. Please enjoy, share, and thanks for following!

 

August: All About Bees!

 

July: Smart Irrigation

 

June: The Great Healthy Yard Project

 

May: All About Compost!

 

April: Love Your Lawn!

 

March: The 2014 Season is Here!

From: TruGreen

 

Change is coming… With September just days away and autumn around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for cooler weather.

Fall is a critical time for your lawn. After all, this is a great season for outdoor entertaining, whether it’s get-togethers planned on a beautiful outdoor space or fall backyard weddings celebrating a couple’s love in an intimate setting. Regardless, there’s no doubt that the change of seasons and preparations for holiday fun times are just some of the exciting things you have to look forward to. A few simple lawn care tips will enable you to show off your beautiful lawn (in addition to your amazing entertainment skills!).

To ensure your outdoor spaces are lush and beautiful throughout the year, here are a few fall lawn care tips:

- Watering and mowing are essential. It goes without saying that regular maintenance— the kind you do once or twice a week with your mower and your sprinkler system— is essential for the basic health of your lawn. Be sure to mow and water your lawn regularly to maintain its neat, manicured appearance. Mowing will only be necessary until about October or November, when growth stops or depending on weather in your area (here in Colorado, sometimes we don’t see snow until December or January). For tips on how to water wisely and as sustainably as possible, please visit ecoLogical Lawn Care’s Current Suggested Watering Programs, which we update weekly!

- Lawn aeration is a key to proper nutrient and moisture absorption. Especially for lawns dealing with compacted soil or thick thatch, lawn aeration is a MUST during the fall. It will loosen up your soil, open it up to receive seed, nutrients and water, and help expedite your turf’s recovery.

Fall is the ideal time for fertilization. A well-balanced combination of nutrients that include slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen is an important part of maintenance and a necessity for fall lawn care, especially if you have cool-season turfgrasses. This will give your lawn a lush appearance that is sure to be noticed by your guests. At ecoLogical, we use our special, microbially-active and organic compost tea.

- Overseed to fill in patches of grass and repopulate your soil. Nothing looks worse than a patchy lawn with thin, sad, and random sections of grass just barely surviving. Seeding your lawn will fill in those patches and help it restore its thick, lush beauty.

Our schedule for fall services fills up fast, so make sure to give ecoLogical a call and make sure all your organic lawn care needs are met for the upcoming season!

 

From: TruGreen

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