By Kevin Kelley
The Fairview Park Green Team, a committee of residents who work with city officials to promote recycling and other environmentally friendly activities, will host a seminar next week on how to maintain lawns and yards without pesticides. The free three-hour session will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Dunson Community Room at Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road.
Beyond Pesticides Ohio, an organization that publicizes pesticide-related concerns, will offer the free workshop. Alec McLennan, president of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care and an expert on natural turf, will lead the training. Topics will include proper soil testing, organic fertilizing, natural weed control, aerating, watering and how going organic can save money.
The workshop is geared toward institutional facilities and grounds managers, municipal public works managers, real-estate developers, landscapers and managers of any location that has lawns on which people congregate. Interested citizens are also welcome.
Beyond Pesticides Ohio leaders say pesticides can be dangerous to people, animals and the ecosystem. Many commonly used pesticides have been associated with elevated risks for acquiring asthma, childhood leukemia, learning disabilities and Parkinson’s disease, they say.
Advanced registration for the seminar is requested. To sign up, contact the Fairview Park Green Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Matt Hrubey, development administrator for the city, at 440-356-4499.