2017 has come to an end and what an amazing year it was for synthetic chemical reduction! We want to thank our Project Green family for everything they have done this year to help spread the word about our products and services.
We are passionate about providing safe and effective programs for your family to keep them away from harsh pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. We do this by constantly learning, researching, and testing products to ensure you are getting high quality organic products to keep your property looking its best. Nutrients are needed for a healthy lawn and we are giving the plant and soil exactly what they need, which reduces the amount of fertilizer inputs when you compare our programs to our competitors.
It is very exciting to share our reductions for 2017. When looking at our competitors’ programs and comparing what products we use, in 2017 we have kept the following amounts out of our rivers, away from your family (pets, children, friends), and out of the environment:
134,038 Pounds of Nitrogen
53,615 Pounds of Phosphorous
32,169 Pounds of Potassium
How does excess fertilizer affect our environment?
Nitrogen: when too much nitrogen is applied to the lawn it becomes very susceptible to disease activity. It will also grow extremely quickly resulting in unhealthy top growth. Applying excess nitrogen can also cause runoff into our waterways resulting in algae growth, reduced oxygen levels in ponds, lakes, and rivers and even Eutrophication. This has been linked to dead zones and fish kills in our waterways.
Phosphorous: while phosphorous is very beneficial it does not move very much in the soil, around 0.2 inches per year. When applying starter fertilizers and synthetic products with high phosphorous content it is susceptible to runoff, which ultimately ends up in our waterways. This causes decreased water clarity and quality, and dead zones in our bay. This restricts the growth of sea grasses and decreases our fish/crab populations throughout the Chesapeake Bay.Potassium: excess potassium from runoff has been found in surface and drinking water. This can pose a threat to animals and humans as we ingest this nutrient. In high levels is can potentially cause irregular heartbeats and poor kidney function.
There are many discussions on how neonicotinoids (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid) and 2,4-D based products are threatening our pollinators throughout the US. These products are found regularly in traditional herbicides and insecticides. For more information on this issue please click here.
Keeping your properties safe for pollinators is extremely important to us! By using our special product blends we have kept the pollinators happy and kept the following harsh pesticides off your property!
544 gallons of 2,4-D based weed controls
63 gallons of neonicotinoid based insect controls
We love what we do and look forward to helping RVA reduce its footprint even more in 2018!