Saving the Planet, One Lawn at a TimeMay 16, 2017
When we say things like we’re saving the planet, it might sound a bit dramatic to some. But the truth is, at Stangl’s, that’s exactly what we’re doing, and we’re not afraid to say it.
The truth of the matter is, most lawn care companies employ methods that are simply destroying our planet, and they’re afraid to acknowledge it. Of course they don’t want to admit it, because those fertilizers are the backbone of their business and without them, they’re nothing. But the simple fact of the matter is that if those fertilizers continue to be used, the planet will soon be nothing.
So how exactly are we saving the planet?
By creating lawns that act as carbon sinks instead of carbon sources, and by forgetting about the traditional fertilizers that are often used and instead using biological solutions that return life to the soil.
So what is a carbon sink? The opposite of carbon sources, such as carbon emission-producing cars. Carbon sinks actually store more carbon than they put out. We all know by now that carbon is one of the worst enemies the atmosphere has. The more carbon that’s in the environment, the worse off the environment is.
The trick then, is to get our lawns to act as carbon sinks, but they can’t if they’re continually getting fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers poured on them. These toxic chemicals actually damage the soil and when that soil is no longer a thriving, living thing, it can no longer act as a carbon sink. Instead, it will actually become a carbon source that emits residual carbon from those toxins and hurts those who use it, in addition to hurting the planet.
But those fertilizers are hurting more than just the lawn and those who use it. That’s because each year, there’s an immense amount of fertilizer runoff into our waterways. Think about it. Fertilizers are applied to the lawn and eventually, rain is also going to fall onto that same lawn. When it does, the excess fertilizer (which is always present when fertilizer is in use), gets driven into the groundwater, which then ends up in our streams, rivers, oceans, and other waterways.
How does this hurt our planet?
When enough fertilizer has accumulated in those waterways, it creates algae blooms that can become so massive they choke out the spaces that aquatic wildlife are dependent on. In addition to creating algae blooms, fertilizer can also remove oxygen from the water, meaning that there’s also less of it for fish and other wildlife.
It’s no secret that without fish and other aquatic species in the ocean, there would be very little planet to take care of. Ocean life, and life in all waterways, is critical for adding more oxygen into the atmosphere, not to mention that they’re a major food source all around the globe. Simply put, what’s bad for fish is bad for the planet.
After looking at the bigger picture, it’s easy to see how proper lawn care maintenance can save the planet. It’s not just a slogan we use to sell our Nature’s Brew – a completely biological and safe alternative to fertilizer. It’s something we’re passionate about and that we believe everyone else should be, too.
It’s springtime and for us at Stangl’s, that means getting out there and saving the planet one lawn at a time. Give us a call today and let yours be the next lawn we save on our mission to saving the entire planet!