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     -  Children take in more pesticides relative to body weight than adults1.

     -  Some studies have found that dogs exposed to lawn pesticides are
        more likely to be diagnosed with health problems such as bladder

     -  Weed and pest controls are designed to be toxic.  Just because they
        can be bought at a store doesn抰 mean they抮e safe.   

     -  Fertilizers are often used unnecessarily.  This wastes money and
        pollutes our waters.

     -  YardScaping will help you reduce the use of fertilizers, insecticides
         and herbicides.

1 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/food/pest.htm.
2 Glickman et al., 2004.  Herbicide Exposure and the Risks of Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Urinary Bladder in Scottish Terrier Dogs, Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

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1. Mow better.  Set mower blades at 3" for vigorous roots and to shade out weeds.
2. Let the clippings lie.  Clippings are a high quality, free fertilizer.
3. Fertilize? Lawns older than 10 years need only clippings.  Younger lawns need nitrogen. Look for 10𢠢 on the bag.
4. Got weeds?  Liberally apply perennial ryegrass seed all season long.
5. Got bugs?  Overseed with insect-resistant fescue grasses or use beneficial nematodes, fungi or bacteria.
6. Water wisely.  If needed, water once or twice a week with a deep soaking (11.5 inches).

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