Organic Lawn Care for Older Adults is a Healthy Option
You make choices throughout each day that accumulatively affect your health and well-being. What about considering organic lawn care for older adults when making choices?
Eat for Your Good Health
If you’re a health-conscious adult, you’re probably already eating healthy vegetables and fruits to build your immunity. You stay away from sugary, salty, and processed foods.
Still, if you want to live a long healthy life without regrets, you’ll want an environment free of toxic chemicals.
Create a Toxic-Free Environment
Drink an abundance of clean filtered water to wash toxins out of your body. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Change furnace/air conditioner filters as suggested by the manufacturer and open the windows whenever possible to bring in the fresh air.
Don’t forget to protect yourself from toxins in your own yard!
What You Use Outside Comes Inside
Make your yard and garden a safe haven where you feel the warmth of the sun and breathe in fresh natural fragrances. When you use chemicals outdoors, the scent will come indoors but additionally… it will follow you into the house on your shoes.
If you have beloved pets, they will be walking through any toxins on the ground, too. Animals, young children, and older adults are all potentially more vulnerable!
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. Senior living centers often use chemicals, too.
Do YOU pay attention to the chemicals applied in the landscaping where you live – whether it is a common green area in a congregate setting or a picnic area?
Whether you are living in a house or a 55+ community, you could be unknowingly suffering from carcinogens, asthmagens, and developmental toxins.
Concerned environmentalists and advocates have spoken out about the dangers of lawn care chemicals for years. Nonetheless, conventional chemicals are still the norm in many places.
If you see areas that remain perfectly weed- and pest-free for long periods of time, there are likely toxic substances keeping them so. Ask questions 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.
Share your thoughts in the comments box below…
Are YOU using or considering using organic lawn care this year?
Are YOU aware of what’s being used on the lawn around your location?
If you’re smart about regular checkups and washing your hands properly, do you think organic lawn care might be a good idea, too?
This article has been updated from the original one posted 3/10/20.