Organic Landscape Alliance

Organic Landscape Alliance

April 19, 2005 13:40 ET

BUYER BEWARE - LAWN CARE PROGRAMS NOT ALWAYS GREEN

Attention: City Editor, Environment Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor OTTAWA/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 19, 2005) - In recognition of National Pesticide- Free Week, the Organic Landscape Alliance (OLA) is advising Canadians to make sure they know what getting are getting when they hire an organic landscaping professional. OLA is non-profit trade association committed to the promotion and development of organic horticulture, whose members provide 100% organic services and products.

"Don't be duped by companies taking advantage of your concern about the health and environmental impacts of pesticides," said Mark MacKenzie, President of OLA. "Double-check to make sure that claims like 'organic' or 'natural' are not chemical programs in disguise."

The Federal Competition Bureau has a consumer advisory webpage, 'KEEP OFF THE GRASS! How Friendly Are "Environmental" Lawn Care Products?', and the authority to prosecute and fine companies making false or misleading claims regarding products or services. Concerns can be directed to the Bureau at 1-800-348-5358 or via www.cb-bc.gc.ca.

OLA advises all customers who want chemical-free lawn and garden care to ask a few key questions before hiring a landscaping/lawncare service.

· Do you offer a chemical-free service? Organic companies do not use synthetic chemical herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. Techniques such as aeration, overseeding and de-thatching are important components of an organic program.

· What will you do if I have a bug or weed infestation? If the answer involves chemical pesticides, even 'just once' or 'spot spraying' with assertions that they are "government approved" or "safe", look elsewhere.

· Can you provide any references from 100% organic clients in my area?

"As with any purchase, it is important to do your homework before you sign a contract. Don't be fooled by pretenders," said MacKenzie.

For help or more information on choosing an organic lawn care company in your area, contact the Organic Landscape Alliance at 1-866-824-7685, info@organiclandscape.org , or visit www.organiclandscape.org .
IN: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH

Contact Information

  • Angela Rickman, Organic Landscape Alliance
    Primary Phone: 613-241-1839
    Secondary Phone: 613-859-2701