ABOUT THE ORGANIC LAWN CARE PROGRAM
Manitoba Eco-Network, in conjunction with Campaign for Pesticide Reduction! Winnipeg and Chemical Sensitivities Manitoba, started this project in 2001 in order to provide information on the benefits of organic lawn care. Since then, with support from the City of Winnipeg Public Works Department, Manitoba Eco-Network’s Organic Lawn Care Program has given many free workshops to hundreds of Manitobans. Manitoba Eco-Network also offers Mow Better Clinics, which teach participants how to sharpen their reel (push) mowers.
Another initiative of Manitoba Eco-Network’s Organic Lawn Care Program is the Lawn Library. The public can borrow lawn care tools for free (with deposit) to try them out as part of caring for your lawn organically.
Organic lawn care has come a long way since 2001, there are more organic products and a couple companies offering organic lawn care services. In 2001, only Quebec had a cosmetic pesiticde ban. Now, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI have provincial cosmetic pesticide bans, and British Columbia has one in the works. Alberta limits pesticide/fertilizer mixtures. Manitoba introduced a Cosmetic Pesticide Ban on April 22, 2014. Take the proactive approach and get a head start on caring for your lawn organically.
ORGANIC LAWN CARE PRACTICES AND PRINCIPLES
Anything that is worth doing takes a bit of elbow grease, and organic lawn care is worth doing. The potential negative health and environmental effects from conventional lawn care practices (using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers) are numerous. Our free OLC presentations cover the techniques and principles involved in maintaining your lawn organically, the effects of conventional lawn care, and alternatives to lawns. Local lawn care resources are also discussed.
If you are interested in having an organic lawn care workshop at your workplace, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-947-6511. Manitoba Eco-Network is a non-profit organization, and does suggest an honorarium to help support our work.
WHAT IS ORGANIC LAWN CARE?
Organic lawn care is simply caring for and maintaining your lawn without the use of any synthetic inputs (cosmetic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers). It revolves around the fact that your lawn is an eco-system composed of many different parts, all of which work together and depend on each other.
The practices that are discussed, such as aeration and mowing, are very important contributors to the health of your lawn. All the organic lawn care techniques allow your lawn to grow strong and healthy and ultimately, out-compete weeds for valuable space in your lawn.
Organic lawn care also involves having more tolerance for a diversity of plants within your lawn. Diversity contributes to pest resistance and different plants (yes weeds!) can provide different nutrients that your grass needs. Diversity is the spice of life, afterall.
For more detailed information, check out the Organic Lawn Care Tips section of this website.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
Without the support of these departments, the Organic Lawn Care Educational Program would not be able to operate: