Monthly Archives March 2015

5 Reasons The Use Of Synthetics Are No Longer A Best Practice In Turf Management

All industries eventually arrive at best practices. These practices generally represent the most productive and efficient method to deliver desired results while minimizing negative impact. Our industry is no different. We have adopted protocols and products to deliver the green lawns and turf spaces our clients and end users expect. The fact remains that all practices are subject to change over time. In our industry change has been motivated by the knowledge that the synthetics we use have had unintended consequences at times. When we use the general term synthetics, we are referring to chemicals that are used as both fertilizers and pesticide control products. Each of these have their own issues and causes for concern that contribute to the 5 reasons synthetics are no longer considered a best practice for the management of turf. 5 Reasons The Use of Synthetics Are No Longer Considered a Best Practice in Turf Management: 1. Stormwater runoff into water bodies – Rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and ocean 2. Groundwater contamination 3. Children’s health 4. Human health 5. Nonproductive influence on the creation of healthy turf systems- plant, soil, and environment (compromising native beneficial soil organisms) 1. Stormwater Runoff Into Water Bodies When using water-soluble synthetic materials, we run the risk of allowing that material to move off target. Even with best intentions, certain environmental conditions may present themselves to facilitate the movement of these soluble nutrients. If we have a turf system with less than maximum density, very often we do not have enough root system to process these nutrients as rapidly as they are being released. 2. Groundwater Contamination Some synthetic materials are more mobile in the soil than others. Along with other information on the label about health effects and environmental effects of a particular pesticide product, we also have information about soil mobility. Some pesticides and fertilizers have the ability to move rapidly downward in the soil and eventually find groundwater. 3. Children’s health Science and medicine is now looking at children’s exposure to pesticides very differently than they did in the past. The major cause for concern is not an acute oral or dermal exposure, but multiple low dose exposures over several years that can have a cumulative effect. 4. Human health Not all mammals react to all pesticides in the same way. It is typically the lawn care pesticide, when used at the homeowner level or in the public sector,
Read More