(I mean lawns, silly).
We love our neighbors.
They are sweet and thoughtful in that neighborly sort of way that small towns are good for. They bring us flowers, share their newspapers, and wave happily when they pass. More importantly, they overlook our shortcomings (like our inability to mow before the grass goes to seed), and pretend to not notice when our naked children run screaming through the backyard.
But there is this one issue. One. Huge. Issue.
While our neighbors are truly good folks, they are also truly clueless when it comes to the health and environmental effects of their bi-annual toxic lawn soup. I believe that if they knew the effect that their lawn care choices had on their own health (or their pet's, or the neighbor kids) they might would make different choices.
So I decided to make a postcard with a few pesticide facts to leave in the doors when I see the telltale white flags.
Brave? Perhaps. Brazen? Maybe. Pushy? A bit. But I thought it could be done politely and in an nonthreatening manner to just provide some information.
It's the educator in me.
Must. Provide. Facts.
Must. Create. Informed. Citizens.
My search for statistics led me to Beyond Pesticides. And that postcard I was making? They offer beautiful (nonthreatening) door hangers to leave with the neighbors (for free no less!). I got to thinking... I need more people on this mission! So that's where you come in. Request your free door hangers today and then stealth one on your neighbor's front door when the chemical truck pulls away (just be sure you don't cut across the lawn). Our kids, pets, water, and soil microorganisms say thanks.
(Oh, and when you get home from your Door Hanger Mission, be sure to blissfully roll around on your maybe weedy but beautifully non-toxic lawn. My kids suggest this move sans-clothing, but really that's up to you.)