If you’re a health-conscious adult, you probably already eat healthy fruits and vegetables to build immunity. You might also eat very few sugary foods, are smart about regular checkups, and wash your hands properly and frequently.
Still, if you want to live a long healthy life without regrets, you’ll want an environment free of toxic chemicals.
Don’t forget to protect yourself from toxins in your own backyard!
Organic Lawn Care for Older Adults
Each spring, pre-emergents and poisons designed to kill weeds, insects, and fungi are used on school playgrounds, sports fields, and around community buildings. Are you paying attention to the chemicals applied in the landscaping where you live?
Whether you are living in a house or a 55+ community, you could be unknowingly suffering from carcinogens, asthmagens, and developmental toxins.
Organic Lawn Care in Senior Living Communities is a Smart Choice
Concerned environmentalists and advocates have spoken out about the dangers of lawn care chemicals for years. Nonetheless, conventional chemicals are still the norm in senior living communities.
If community common areas remain weed- and pest-free for long periods of time, there may be toxic substances that are keeping them so. It’s a good idea to inquire so you know what you’re up against.
One of the chemicals that is most concerning is the herbicide 2,4-D (2,4-Dicholorphenoxyacetic acid). It was designed to kill dandelions, clovers, and other broad-leaf weeds. People mistakenly believe that these chemicals wear off quickly without concern, but it can be weeks before the chemicals are no longer active.
6 Reasons Older Adults Should Use Organic Lawn Care
- Pre-emergents are simply a chemical blanket sitting on your lawn for 3 to 4 months.
- Scientific studies show that residues of lawn chemicals can get tracked indoors from shoes and clothing, remaining in carpets, dust, air, and household surfaces up to a year.
- The runoff of organic lawn care into nearby waters poses no danger.
- Pollinators are dying off from the use of chemicals, but organic lawn care promotes the well-being of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
- COPD and other lung issues are common in older adults, making clean chemical-free environments that much more important for breathing and lung capacity.
- You wouldn’t want your loved ones or grandchildren playing in a chemical-laden lawn if they come for a visit.
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Are YOU using or considering using organic lawn care this year?