Why is organic lawn care so critical for Evanston and Chicago? The top reason is because it’s the best way to protect Lake Michigan, one of our country’s most beautiful natural resources and the crown jewel of Evanston.
Every time the Chicago area is bombarded by a major rainstorm, millions of gallons of runoff finds its way into the lake, which creates many problems for swimmers, wildlife and the ecosystem in general.
Homeowners and businesses using conventional fertilizers and pesticides on their lawns risk contaminating local water supplies with chemicals and toxins. Contaminating water supplies poses a public health risk for everyone using the lake for recreation, not to mention our environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that lakefront residents eliminate using these substances as much as possible, and instead replace them with all-natural alternatives.
If more residents switch to organic lawn care and landscaping practices, beaches will be safer for swimmers and much less likely to close, as routinely happens after storms.
It’s also important to remember that Lake Michigan is the natural habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish, all of which are harmed by the continued accumulation of storm runoff, particularly near shorelines. While much of the waste water that Evanston produces flows into the Illinois River, the city allows excess storm water that can’t be handled by the normal sewage system to drain into the lake.
At Greenwise Organic Lawn Care, we pride ourselves on our commitment to preserving the environment and keeping your lawn and garden healthy and beautiful. When you work with us, you can rest assured that your home isn’t creating toxic runoff and is safe for your whole family to enjoy.
For our professional landscaping services, we use clean-burning mowers and leaf blowers and are increasingly using electric equipment whenever possible. And, we never use toxic pesticides or weed killer. Everything we do is 100% safe for you and our environment.
To receive a free quote and learn more about our other services, including mulching and composting, water conservation and horticultural programs, contact Greenwise today at (847) 866-1930, or send us a message by clicking here!
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