Great Healthy Yard Project

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That’s Diane Lewis, whose New York Times editorial “The Toxic Brew in our Yards” about pesticides stated the problem so convincingly and drew kudos from around the gardening world.   I found the video on the website of her Great Healthy Yard Project.

I’ll be contacting Dr. Lewis to congratulate her on the project and the piece in the Times, and introduce her to her cohorts in the Lawn Reform Coalition.  Speaking of which, coalition member Paul Tukey, who’s been sounding the alarm about yard pesticides almost single-handedly for years, has moved on to showcase organic lawn care at a Maryland art museum, so Lewis’s voice is needed now more than ever.

So, anybody have a question for the good doctor/healthy yard advocate?  I have one, for starters.  Is she the American version of Dr. June Irwin, who started the successful campaign to ban such pesticides across almost all of Canada?  Oh, and what’s her plan for cleaning up yards and drinking water across the U.S.?

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Susan Harris
on May 13, 2014 at 7:12 am, in the category Lawn Reform.

    • John
    • 23rd January 2016

    It’s great to see this movement gaining some momentum. Living in a place like North Dakota, it takes a while for ideas/movements to filter through and reach the folks here. Thanks for spreading the word.

    • Benjamin Vogt
    • 21st September 2016

    I simply have a comment about one line in that piece: native plants are not, by definition, more “drought tolerant.” I get a little perturbed by that vague statement I see too often. It’s about the right plant in the right space, native or non native (hopefully native), and NOT trusting plant tags but going online and cross referencing several reputable sites for accurate hort info. Yes, many forbs that do well in a rain garden can also suffer periods of dry conditions, but that’s because they’ve evolved for that — I’m thinking prairie wildflowers here.

    • admin
    • 10th November 2016

    So glad you mentioned that, Benjamin! That common bit of misinformation leads to some bad plant/site combinations indeed. And when I hear it – natives are more drought-tolerant – I wonder how it could make sense. Aren’t all plants native to somewhere? And plants that are native to wet places – why would we expect them to be more drought-tolerant than plants native to dry places?

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