The evidence is in and all those lawn chemicals people use to create a lawn oasis are causing a myriad of problems in the environment. Eventually, humans are the ones affected by the damage.
The Problems with Pesticides
People use things like pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers in significant quantities without really thinking about the long-term effects. The problem is those lawn chemicals are washed away in rain and watering by sprinklers. They then flow down drainage ditches to lakes and streams and eventually makes its way to groundwater reservoir systems.
The public doesn’t realize how much lawn chemicals drifts into ponds, streams and groundwater. Americans use as much as 75 million pounds of pesticides every year.
Chemicals in the groundwater creates several environmental problems including:
• An imbalance in waterways, which causes aquatic life to die
• Poisoning of aquatic life
• Reducing the availability of seafood for consumption
• Poisoning ground water flowing to wells and into public water systems
The problem originates with how these lawn products are produced. Most of these products are petroleum-based. Petroleum is a known toxin to water and water life. In other cases, fertilizer can also contribute to the death of a water way.
Lawn Chemicals Affect the Food Chain
Fertilizer runoff causes some plants, like algae, to grow too large. This crowds out other plants and makes it difficult for marine life to travel. Death of this algae leads to their decomposition on the bottom of the waterway, which results in oxygen being removed from the water. That creates what scientists call a “dead zone” where fish and other marine life can’t survive.
Studies show fish are being poisoned by the lawn chemicals. An Oregon study from 2007 showed salmon is highly affected by chemicals and are living with a number of chemicals in their systems.
Lawn chemicals affect the aquatic food chain in other ways. Toxins are effecting insects that live around water, killing them or making them toxic with the poison. Wildlife, including fish and frogs, eat these bugs and depend on them as a major food source.
The problem with affecting the food chain at lower levels is that it will affect humans as people eat these contaminated fish. Humans are then ingesting the same toxins they put on their yard to kill weeds and bugs.
Toxins Affect Drinking Water
Water flowing to wells, used by farmers and others, contain these toxins. People drink this water and also use it to water crops, which can be sold to the public. Groundwater with these lawn chemicals also flows to public water systems and are consumed by residents in cities and suburban areas. That means people are ingesting these toxins.
A Good Solution
Artificial grass is an environmentally-friendly option to eliminate use of all these harmful chemicals. With synthetic turf, you will no longer need weed killers, herbicides or pesticides. The backing and construction of artificial turf prevents weeds from growing. It looks great continually all year even in the hottest summers and coldest temperatures.
Bugs will no longer be a problem either. Synthetic turf eliminates a way to the dirt for bugs, which is where the food is. Insects will no longer be attracted to your yard as a feeding source. You and your family can enjoy your yard more freely without the scent and sprays of insect repellent. Learn more about the pests and animals eliminated with artificial turf.
Artificial grass has other benefits, like overall cost savings, less allergies affecting your family and pets, and more time for you to do the things you enjoy. With artificial grass, you can look at your gorgeous lawn and know you have done a world of good in keeping chemicals out of the groundwater and other water sources.