The Lawn Barber Services LLC is a progressive, full service environmental lawn care services company dedicated to exceptional looking lawns without causing damage to the human and animal population or the environment. Our Environmental commitment is at the core of our business.
Founded in 1993, in Le Sueur, Minnesota, The Lawn Barber has a long history of commitment to environmental responsibility. No green-washing. We’ve always had a firm dedication to utilizing lawn care methods that give customers the beautiful greenscape they desire, without compromising the health of their families, our employees or our planet.
Our move to invest in propane fueled mowers has continued our mission to reduce our carbon footprint. We strive to meet the challenge of searching out the best and safest lawn care methods while maintaining environmental responsibility and excellent customer service.
What is the environmental benefit of using propane fuel? Check out the following statistics.
- Propane is non-toxic, non-caustic and will not create an environmental hazard if released as a liquid or vapor into water or soil.
- Propane exhaust emissions exceed the requirements for clean fuel vehicles and surpass eco-friendly expectations in all aspects.
- Propane is listed as an approved clean fuel by U.S. Government energy policy makers and energy administrative bodies.
- Propane is not damaging to freshwater/saltwater ecosystems, underwater plant or marine life
- Propane vapor will not cause air pollution and is not considered a greenhouse gas
- Propane vapor is not harmful if inhaled by birds, animals or people.
Gasoline on the other hand, is one of the dirtiest and most dangerous fuels – behind diesel – for its emissions, especially carbon monoxide & nitrous oxide – a mixture of oxides and nitrogen. Gas mowers emit hydrocarbons (a principle ingredient of smog), particulate matter (damaging to the respiratory system), carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) and carbon dioxide (contributing to global warming).
- Over the life of a gas mower, it produces as much air pollution as 43 cars being driven 12,000 miles each.
- One gas powered mower puts out 87lbs of the greenhouse gas CO2 and 54lbs of other pollutants each year.
- Americans burn an average of 800 million gallons of gas each year cutting their lawns.
- 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year just for refueling purposes of lawn equipment, which causes groundwater contamination and airborne pollution, especially when the spillage is heated by the sun. That’s more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska in 1989.
The Lawn Barber LLC’s commitment to environmental safety and responsibility mandates the refusal to apply or endorse any hazardous lawn chemical weed killers/fertilizers. There is a better way to have a beautiful lawn and I can help you achieve that.
Here are just a few shocking statistics about chemical herbicide/pesticides. According to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation, the average suburban lawn receives 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre, per year, as farmland. Also, where pesticides are used, 60-90% of earthworms are killed, earthworms are extremely important for maintaining soil health. They act as natures soil areators.
Common lawn chemicals used in controlling weeds, insects, etc., are toxic. Of 30 commonly used lawn chemicals, most are linked with cancer, birth defects, reproductive disruptions, liver or kidney damage, neuro-toxicity, and disruption of the endocrine (hormonal) system. Of those same lawn chemicals, most are detected in groundwater and are toxic to fish, bees, and birds. The list continues to grow on research confirming studies showing that common hazardous lawn chemicals are drifting into our homes where they contaminate indoor air and surfaces, exposing children at levels ten times higher than pre-application levels.
Are chemical herbicides and pesticides really that harmful?
YES! The numbers of scientific studies that show a direct link between the regular use of these chemicals on your property and serious diseases is huge, with more being reported every day. Most recently, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that a new law must prioritize children’s health by protecting children and their families from these dangerous chemicals. With this recommendation, AAP has joined the nation’s leading health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Nurses Association, in calling for an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is widely understood to be ineffective at protecting the public from exposure to toxic chemicals
Some 100 million pounds of pesticides are used by homeowners in homes and gardens each year, and concern is growing about the potential hazards associated with their use. Studies show that these hazardous lawn chemicals are drifting into our homes where they contaminate indoor air and surfaces, exposing children at levels ten times higher than pre-application levels.
How are we exposed to lawn care chemicals?
Poisons are absorbed through the skin, by the mouth, or by breathing sprays, dusts, or vapors. You or your children can be poisoned if you apply or are present during application of the chemical. Also if you touch contaminated grass, shoes, clothing, lawn furniture, etc., or put contaminated objects (toys, golf tees, blades of grass etc.) or fingers in the mouth.
Children and pets are at higher risk for health effects from environmental exposure to pesticides than adults because their internal organs are still developing and maturing. Children are often more exposed to pesticides than are adults because they play or crawl on grass or floors where pesticide powders and granules normally settle. A recent government report states, until new guidelines for conducting exposure studies are developed, the EPA will not know how much exposure is associated with lawn care pesticides and associated health risks, especially for children.
Are there alternatives to toxic lawn care chemicals?
Yes. Natural landscape maintenance programs can achieve a healthy, pest-free landscape using the latest scientific developments in organic agriculture and horticulture. For example, corn gluten is a natural pre-emergent weed killer and fertilizer is part of my healthy lawn care program. Also, natural lawn care practices will lead to a healthy vigorous lawn which resists weeds, insects and diseases. Consider these tips to improve the natural health of your lawn:
Leave clippings on the lawn.
Sometimes referred to as “grass-cycling”, this provides nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, water) Clippings do not cause thatch.
Fertilize and control lawn weeds with Corn Gluten.
A nontoxic environmental byproduct of corn processing, corn gluten acts as a pre-emergent that kills weed seedlings within days of application. It also adds nitrogen to your soil. Application, before weeds emerge in spring, reduces weed survival by 60%, according to research at Iowa State University. After several years, this method provides as much as 90% weed control. Fertilizing also promotes vigorous lawn growth to help crowd out weeds. The Lawn Barber LLC uses Corn Gluten as part of our natural / environmental lawn care program. We are currently doing trials of a new product for post-emergent weed control. It is an organic product with non-toxic ingredients such as blackstrap molasses.
Stop using chemical herbicides/pesticides
Pesticides kill the soil organisms which contribute to a healthy lawn. The sooner you remove harsh chemicals, the faster your soil will recover. Repeated past use of toxic chemicals may have destroyed the microbiotic life that exists in healthy soil; it will take time, at least a season, for the soil to begin to recover.
Improve the Soil with Aeration
Lawns grow best in loamy soils that have a mix of clay, silt and sand. Too much clay in the soil mix, or heavy use, can compact the soil and prevent air and nutrient flow. Compacted soil may need aeration, a process of lifting small finger size plugs of turf to create air spaces in the soil. For best results, The Lawn Barber services can do the job for you. Aeration is best done before top dressing and fertilizing.
Mow Often, but Not Too Short “Just a little off the Top”
Giving your lawn a “Marine cut” is not doing it a favor. Surface roots become exposed, the soil dries out faster and surface aeration is reduced. As a general rule, we don’t cut off more than one-third of the grass at any one time. Most turf grass species are healthiest when kept between 2.5 and 3.5″ tall.
Natural lawn care is about building a strong lawn from the roots up, which in time allows it to defend itself from weeds and disease.
In closing I ask you to keep in mind that organic, natural environmental lawn care is an investment. As with all organic products and programs, they might cost more initially, but in the long run they are well worth it.