Fight climate change with lawns that capture more carbon dioxide, sequestering more carbon in the soil while polluting less and requiring less water.
For a local context, there are nearly 160 acres of green space in Somerville. If our lawns and the soils below were healthy, our lawns could build an inch of soil a year and capture nearly 88,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Allow grass roots to grow deep into the soil of established lawns by stopping the spread of quick-release fertilizer.
We are Heather and Olivia, ORI Fall Interns. Work with us to promote sustainable environmental practices with non-polluting lawns with healthy soils capturing more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and holding more clean water in our communities.
The Healthy Soils bill on Beacon Hill involves much more than agriculture, it involves our neighborhood green spaces. Together, we can create healthier communities beginning with soil and lawns that capture carbon.
Why stop using fertilizer?
Healthy, natural lawns take carbon out of the atmosphere, which helps fight global warming.
Stop spreading fertilizer that runs off into waterways, causing harmful algal blooms.
Let water percolate through the turf of natural lawns with healthy soils to recharge groundwater that cools rivers during summer.
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The four most recommended slow-release fertilizers are Gro-sure All Purpose 6 months Feed, ChemPak Slow Release Feed+ Forget Garden Plant Year Long Fertilizer, Osmocote Controlled Release Plant Feed, and Miracle-Gro All Purpose Continuous Slow Release Plant Food.