Blog : September 2016

Emerald Lush, An Organic Approach to Adaptive Lawn Care

By Mike Bellamente | Sep 14, 2016 | in

This article first appeared in the summer 2016 issue of Coastal Home magazine

By Mike Bellamente

When Rye, New Hampshire, resident Ann Parziale first decided to take a chemical-free approach to caring for her lawn, climate change was hardly among the top reasons for doing so.

“We are serious vegetable and flower gardeners, but we had neglected our lawn for many years,” Parziale explains. “It had deteriorated to the point that it was pretty ugly. Also, we had a healthy grub population that turned into Japanese beetles, which proceeded to eat my flowers and some vegetable leaves.”

It was time to call in a professional, but Parziale was loathe to introduce chemicals that would upset the natural ecosystem she and her husband had worked so hard to cultivate in their gardens. “One thing I’ve learned over the years is that nothing exists in isolation,” says Parziale, whose property abuts nearby Berry Brook. “The chemicals don’t stop at the lawn’s edge and say, ‘Hey, we’re not wanted in the vegetable patch.’ What we put on our lawns and gardens affects not just the soil, but all the local inhabitants including the birds that eat the worms, grubs, and insects.”