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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!

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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% certified organic, pesticide and chemical-free, free-range-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 extremely 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 we must have a total of 400 customers commit to pre-ordering their organic tree through us by October 15th.

 

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! We are offering 5′-6′ and 6′-7′ organic Christmas trees for $89 for $99 respectively.

 

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 that you choose and order through us.

 

 Please choose organic and call us today! 

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15th!

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

303-444-3456 

 

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

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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!

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In addition to bees, there are over 2,000 species of animals that act as pollinators. Pollinators play an extremely important role in our survival; without them, we simply would not be here. In fact, 75% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to provide us with the food we eat and to also sustain many other species and wildlife. The collapse of the honeybee population and the scarcity of other plant pollinators have grown into a serious problem that requires immediate action, and ecoLogical is on board!

To raise awareness and support, the Pollinator Partnership has launched National Pollinator Week to not only educate the world about honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder, but to also help spread the word about the importance of protecting other plant pollinators such as bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and beetles. All of these pollinators together are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food, and the time to act is now!

 

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One of the best and easiest ways to get involved and to help save the bees and other pollinators is to get outside this weekend, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, and plant pollinator-friendly flowers and plants around your yard. Gardening is a great summer project, and it provides pollinators with safe and beautiful habitat. And, as always, never use chemicals or pesticides on your lawn or in your garden!!!

 

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If you live in the Boulder/Denver area of Colorado (or the Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe/Open Woodland/Coniferous Forest/Alpine Meadow Province, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), the best plants to attract pollinators include lavender, columbine, sunflowers, roses, phacelia, cilantro, sage, and many more! For the complete list and information about the best plants and habitat for pollinators, click here.

 

If you don’t live in this particular region, click here to calculate your planting region by entering your zip code, then find out which pollinator-friendly flowers and plants will grow best where you live!

 

To learn more about how you can get involved from the legal standpoint, click here, or visit ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care’s Facebook page.

 

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk over the ash beetle invasion that recently struck the Boulder, Colorado area last September. The non-native, bright green emerald ash borer only preys on ash trees (hence its colloquial name ash beetle), and once an ash tree is infested with these little guys, there is practically no hope for survival.

On the surface, these beetles seem like your typical, destructive pests; but what adds an interesting layer to this dilemma is the fact that they’re not the only non-native species that’s involved here. Ironically, the ash trees that are currently growing here in Colorado are also a non-native species like the ash beetle, and they were purposely planted here (and will continue to be– about a million of them through year 2025) in order to introduce more shade into our sunny state. The point is, although we keep deliberately planting them, the ash trees– just like the ash beetle– aren’t really supposed to be here, either. 

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So what’s the problem?

Well, studies predict that this new invasive ash beetle population will end up killing off tens of thousands of ash trees in Colorado… all while the state spends enormous funds (which are projected to eventually amount to millions of dollars) on ineffective chemical treatments that attempt to “mitigate” the ash beetle population and reverse the damage caused by the critters in already infested ash trees. Unfortunately, these chemical treatments and insecticidal tree-injections cannot save these trees, nor can they possibly kill off all of the beetles; the only remedy that works is the removal of the infested ash tree altogether. We can’t help but feel sorry for all of the ash trees (which are supposed to be thriving) and demonize the ash beetles for being such stubborn pests, but we must remember that what’s happening is also just nature.

Thus, the real problem is not the havoc of the ash beetle. Rather, the true problem is that we keep continuing to plant new ash trees to replace the already dead and dying ones (which is frankly a waste of money, time, and resources), and we keep poisoning our ecosystem with pointless pesticides and insecticides that aren’t really working. Seven months later after the ash beetle invasion, we find ourselves stuck in a sort of cyclical war between the ash tree and the ash beetle, pouring all of our efforts into constant planting, pesticide-injecting, removing, and re-planting. It’s as if we are just luring the ash beetles with fresh bait over and over again, and many feel that these measures we’ve been taking to eradicate the ash beetle have proven to be overwhelmingly futile and wasteful.

But is there an alternative solution?

A solution: not quite. But a suggestion for how we can cope: yes. Many Colorado citizens propose and agree that it is more financially and environmentally ethical to first stop trying to save the ash trees that are already infested by the ash beetle, and to also stop planting new ones for the ash beetles to just inevitably gobble up again. In reality, if an ash tree has ash beetles living inside of it, then it must be accepted that the tree will eventually die. Toxic pesticide and insecticide treatments are very costly and are highly unsuccessful in reversing the ash beetles’ infestation of an ash tree. Not to mention, these synthetic chemicals are dangerous for our environment and health. Also, the “preemptive removal” of healthy ash trees, as well as the removal of beetle-ridden ones, lacks logic– why would we invest in the removal of all of these ash trees if we are also simultaneously investing in a project to plant almost a million new ones? In other words, why keep planting ash trees and feeding the beetles?

Ultimately, the idea of letting nature run its course and choosing acceptance over combativeness exists. We can choose to stop injecting pesticides and insecticides into our environment and ecosystem and stop planting new ash trees to cover-up the dead ones. Believe it or not, having dead ash trees around us is not the end of the world. We can always use the dead ash trees as firewood and scrap wood, and perhaps even launch a campaign to repurpose the dead ash trees in the Boulder community. We must also keep in mind that, when left alone, dead ash trees create more natural habitat for wildlife. So why not, for now, just let the ash beetles have the ash trees that are already planted here, and let the birds have plenty of beetles to eat in the meantime? There is no need to be so ashamed of the ash beetle, in our opinion.

 

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Images:

www.emeraldashborer.wordpress.com

www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

 

Sources:

www.dailycamera.com/lifestyles/ci_24402821/emerald-ash-borer-tree-monster

www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_24206188/bill-weber-ash-trees-invasive-beetle-is-blessing

www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_25588139/how-deal-ash-beetle

 

 

 

 

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Sources: Pesticide Action Network and Environmental Protection Agency

As April flowers begin to pop up all around our yards and gardens, you may also begin to hear the blissful, melodious buzz of the honeybees. . . bzzzz! It’s truly the sound of spring, and it makes us happy!

bees_4The latest buzz that’s going around about bees, however, is causing us all great concern.

Honeybees are the most economically and agriculturally important pollinators in the whole world, yet their population has been declining severely since the 1990s. In fact, in just the U.S. alone, commercial beekeepers have been reporting up to a 36% decrease in their managed bee populations year after year. Scientists finally attributed this steady depletion in bee population to a phenomenon they named Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in 2006. The culprits behind this dilemma? Studies have shown that this growing rate of bee deaths is mainly due to pesticide poisoning, pathogens and diseases, environmental stress, and habitat loss.

So, why save the bees?

Because, believe it or not, out of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food supply (that’s a lot of food!) over 70 of these crops are pollinated by bees. In other words, 1/3 of the food that we see on our plates each meal is from a bee-pollinated plant. Bees are absolutely essential to our agricultural system and to the cultivation and production of numerous fruits, vegetables, and field crops.

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How you can help save the bees -  While there are several organizations that are working hard to combat CCD and improve pollinators’ protection from pesticides (such as the EPA and the USDA CCD Steering Committee), we can all help in our own ways to save our honeybees.

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- Plant lots of flowers and herbs to attract honeybee colonies. We love lavender and geraniums, but you can find the full list here.

- Let your dandelions feed the bees! It is very important to NOT remove your dandelions until AFTER they have bloomed and their flowers have gone. Dandelion flowers are honeybees’ main source of protein and are necessary for their survival, so please leave them for the bees! To learn more, check out this excellent letter from Boulder resident Gabriele Sattler entitled, “Don’t poison our pollinators that we saw in this week’s Boulder Daily Camera.

- Say NO to pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Choose organic lawn care and protect not only your kids and pets from exposure to toxic chemicals, but also protect the bees from pesticide poisoning as well! Eliminating chemical treatments from your lawn, trees, and plants eliminates the possibility for many serious and/or fatal health problems and illnesses to attack the species of our ecosystem.

- If you ever find a honeybee habitat on your property, please give us, ecoLogical Lawn and Tree Care, a call right away at 303-444-3456. Leslie Ratica, a local Boulder beekeeper, specializes in sustainable honeybee colony maintenance and will gladly come to your property to extract and re-home any swarms and/or hives upon request.

 

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clean energy collectiveIt’s Only Natural… 

EcoLogical Lawn & Tree Care powers up lawn equipment with clean, locally produced, renewable energy.

 

We are  taking our environmental stewardship to a new level and powering our eco-friendly equipment with local, renewable, solar energy provided by Clean Energy Collective (CEC).   CEC develops community-owned renewable energy solutions for electric utilities and their customers, including Boulder County’s first community-owned solar array – the Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array.  With CEC, residential and commercial utility customers can own fully maintained solar panels in a local, centralized facility. CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeter® software credits customers for the power produced directly on their monthly electric bills. In one easy step, customers receive a positive financial payback and reduce pollution – without making any changes to their property. CEC community-owned solar arrays make local renewable energy an easy and smart financial decision for everyone.

 

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The Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array  –  500 kW – Grand Opening guests and customers

 

What is Community-Owned Solar?  Community solar arrays, sometimes referred to as a solar farm or solar garden, are centralized photovoltaic (PV) power facilities that deliver reliable, commercial-scale renewable energy to an electric utility’s grid. The utility’s customers, including residences, businesses, and tax-exempt entities, can own or lease solar panels in the array without having to install panels on their own rooftop or property. In return for the power produced, customers receive credits on monthly electric bills, reducing their expenses and exposure to rising electricity costs while also reducing their carbon footprint. Community solar arrays are ideally situated for sun exposure and professionally maintained for maximum power production and bill savings over an extended lifetime. Customers can own as many panels as they choose (up to 100% of their power need), transfer panels if they move, or sell panels at any time. Community-owned solar refers to Clean Energy Collective’s unique solution in which participants can own their panels providing a better return and an extended savings solution for years to come. Community solar arrays make renewable energy easy, accessible, and smart for everyone – including the environment!

 

For more information regarding Boulder’s own community-owned solar array, contact CEC at 800.646.0323 or info@coloradocommunitysolar.com.

To estimate your own savings, visit: www.ColoradoCommunitySolar.com

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From: SafeLawns.org

DURANGO, CO. — Defiantly declaring that pesticides used to control weeds and insects are safe when used as directed and stating “I don’t believe we’re making any children sick here,” the mayor of this remote town led the charge on a 5-0 vote late Tuesday night against an ordinance that would have removed both synthetic chemical pesticides — and fertilizers — from all town-owned property.

That is only the beginning of the fight, however, in the highly independent Home Rule Municipality in the southwest corner of the state. Because organizers of the petition drive collected more than 1,000 signatures in support of what would be a historic restriction on synthetic fertilizers as well as pesticides, the initiative may now be placed on the November ballot for the town’s 16,000-plus residents to decide.

The issue of lawn care pesticides is invariably polarizing. No matter where the debate has raged in the nearly three decades since Hudson, Quebec, began hearing from Dr. June Irwin back in 1985, some folks believe the pesticides like 2,4-D and Roundup are safe; others feel that these products fall somewhere between dangerous and lethal.

Despite the city council’s 5-0 vote against the petition, Blair, Gourley and their group of organizers still hold the best cards in this spirited poker match. If they allow the issue to go to the November ballot in an election year — in which the state of Colorado is also debating the legalization of marijuana — they know they will probably win. Numerous polls have shown that younger voters especially favor anti-pesticide initiatives.

 

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