Lawn Care

A healthy lawn is a beautiful lawn

Organic Lawn Care


What's wrong with chemical lawn care?


The Good News

Botanica offers ecological lawn care including mowing, fertilization, and weed control,  as a part of complete property maintenance services for estates and commercial clients.  For everyone else, we offer consultation services, and The Organic Lawn Guide  

 www.abstractlawns.com is a reputable business that specializes in organic fertilization and weed control in the Lakes Area.  (Tell John that we sent you!) (262) 248-3286

We encourage all property owners to think long term in choosing the method of care for their lawns. The planet is too small and too beautiful.

In the quest for an immaculate, dandelion-free lawn, American homeowners use 10 times the toxic chemicals used by American farmers.

Most of the pesticides and herbicides used in controlling weeds and insects are broad spectrum biocides, which means they are poisonous to a wide variety of living organisms, including garden plants, beneficial insects, wildlife, pets, and people.

We can't assume that because a product is available at the local garden center that is has been scrutinized and approved by the government: Of the 40 most commonly used lawn chemicals, 15 have been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as possible or probable carcinogens.

The EPA has been retesting all agricultural chemicals for acute (short term) and chronic (long term) health effects since 1985. Each year more of these chemicals are severely restricted, however, fewer than 20 % of the ingredients in commercially available pesticides have been examined so far.

Many that are still on the market have proven detrimental health effects. Some that have been on the market for years, and freely used by homeowners, such as Dursban, have been taken off the market in the last year due to severe acute and chronic health problems associated with it.

The symptoms of lawn chemical poisoning can be deceptively simple, similar to many other illnesses such as colds or allergies, and so often evade diagnosis.

The level of risk from lawn chemicals depends on a variety of factors, including the toxicity of the chemical, the extent of the exposure, and an individual's sensitivity to the chemical. Because their play is more likely to bring them into contact with lawn care chemicals, and because their cells develop more rapidly than adults, children are particularly vulnerable.

We don't even need the poisons.  Fortunately, there are safe, proven, and tested products and advances in science that allow us to make a green, truly healthy lawn. For more information, check out The Organic Lawn Guide.

Organic fertilizers, intelligent planting choices, organic pre-emergent weed controls, enzymes, botanical controls, and broad scientific and horticultural knowledge have replaced the chemical arsenal.

The future is organic. People who care are already there. Thanks for doing your part to keep and to preserve the health and beauty of the planet we all share.

We look forward to hearing from you.   
Call 262/ 248-7513