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Wet grass

Maintain your yard naturally

Maintain yads

"Healthy Lawns, Healthy Waters" BROCHURE by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

Local nonprofit

Sustainable Lawn Care 

"Saving the Earth, One Lawn at a Time"
Presented by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. 

Paul Tukey of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD provides step by step methods for creating a beautiful, green lawn using organic practices. The site includes his presentation, slides, Q&A and a Faithful Action Tool Kit.  


Maryland Grows Blog

Maryland Grows is the blog of the Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC), a program of the University of Maryland Extension (UME). We educate Maryland residents about lawn care and ornamental plants, food gardening, and the services provided by our statewide Master Gardener Program.  HGIC delivers science-based sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

Local nonprofit

Beyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., which works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Beyond Pesticides believes that people must have a voice in decisions that affect them directly. We believe decisions should not be made for us by chemical companies or by decision-makers who either do not have all of the facts or refuse to consider them.

Local government

Montgomery County Pesticides Law

The County’s Pesticide Law restricts the use of certain pesticides on private lawns, playgrounds, mulched recreation areas, and childcare facilities. Most synthetic pesticides are not allowed to treat pests in lawns.

Weeds and pests can be prevented by practicing organic lawn care, which should not require the use of any chemicals. The County's extensive webpages highlight the tips and tools for successful organic lawn care.

Soil testing labs

University of Maryland Extension

Soil's importance for plant growth can be summed up in the aphorism "it's better to plant a $2 tree in a $25 hole, than a $25 tree in a $2 hole." Have your soil tested before planting a vegetable or flower garden, trees, and shrubs, or starting or renovating a lawn. Soil testing labs provide more complete and accurate results than do-it-yourself soil test kits.


Non Toxic Communities

Having successfully removed toxic chemicals from their city's landscapes, Non Toxic Communities shares how other communities can do the same.  Advocacy toolkits and other resources provide a blueprint for transitioning to organic land care. "We believe that all communities have the right to be healthy.  This means clean air, clean water, and an environment free from toxic chemicals. We support citizens to advocate for public health where they live."

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