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Organically grown Christmas trees ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Freshly cut & shipped right to your door on the arrival date of your choosing!
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!
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:
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.
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!
Please support organic farmers and say no to pesticides.
Please choose organic and be merry this holiday season!
Questions? Call or email ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care at 303-444-3456 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Make the holidays this year happy and healthy — Please share this post via email or social media below with your neighbors and friends
Thank you and best regards,
The ecoLogical Team
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!