LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING

2016 SPRING INTO SUMMER TIPS

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**INSIDE THIS FLYER: GOOD NEWS, ACTIONS, GARDEN TIPS

**REQUEST FOR ABCS OF PESTICIDE-FREE GARDENING : The “ABCS” are too many to fit in a brief flyer. So, we plan to collect such ideas for a future section on our Less Toxic Landscaping web page. Check out the ones with links in the flyer. Then, please send us yours!

** PROVIDING MORE LOCAL INFO: We’ll be offering more local information (RI, MA, & CT in our flyers, which are only distributed in this area. We’ll add local sections in our monthly TIP TALKS E-Mail newsletter & on our website. SEE BACK PAGE FOR SOME LOCAL RESOURCES.

**RI LEGISLATION RE: PESTICIDES & GMO LABELING: Check http://toxicsinfo.org/legislation.htm on our website for comments we submitted to two RI Senate Committees on Pesticide & GMO bills. Included are thoughts re: the problems associated with Neonicotinoids (not just for bees, but for humans):. You can also find info there on finding & contacting RI General Assembly Committee members – & your own State Rep or Senator.

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ALSO SEE OUR LANDSCAPING & GARDENING RESOURCE LISTINGS FAR BELOW AND IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN.  WE WILL BE UPDATING THEM PERIODICALLY.  LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE AWARE OF A GOOD RESOURCE TO ADD!  (Down the road, those in other parts of the country will be included.)

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ORGANIC-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING & GARDENING RESOURCES

INFORMATION & EDUCATION

Beyond Pesticides , Washington, DC, Tel. 202-543-5450 www.beyondpesticides.org See items under Services, Info & Issues categories. Also, Pesticide-Free Lawns Coalition: www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns

Frank Crandall, Horticultural Services PO Box 132, Wood River Junction, RI 02894 E-Mail: FrankCrandall3@gmail.com Consulting for both homeowners & horticultural businesses. (See ad)

Master Gardener Program , www.urimga.org Call the Master Gardener Hotline, 800-448-1011 (only calls from RI, from March 1 to Oct. 31) with gardening questions.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI), Dan Lawton, Contact. 247 Evans Road, Chepachet, RI, 02814. (401) 523-2653, nofari@live.com, www.nofari.org   NOFA/RI is an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners and environmentalists working for organic farming and land care practices with education and advocacy.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) PO Box 888, N. Kingstown, RI  02852 401-789-7497 | office@riwps.org | www.RIWPS.org Appreciate, protect , study native plants & habitats

Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT)
109 Somerset Street, Providence, RI 02907
401-273-9419   www.southsideclt.org
SCLT provides access to land, education and resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create affordable, healthy food systems for all. Membership includes early admission and a 10% discount at our Rare & Unusual Plant Sale (May 20-21, 2017), free organic compost & discounts at many local retailers. 
https://secure.donationpay.org/southsideclt/membership.php

SUPPLIES

Good Earth Organic Gardening Center, 401-826-3130 Joyce & John Holscher, 1800 Scituate Ave., Hope, RI E-Mail: info@goodearthri.com Web: www.goodearthri.com. Featuring certified organic vegetable & herb plants and produce with many heirloom varieties. Fertilizers & pest control products sold are approved for organic land care. Flowering plants & shrubs are grown without chemical pesticides.

The Worm Ladies Of Charlestown
161 East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 www.wormladies.com Nancy Warner, 401-322-7675; E-Mail: wormladies@verizon.net. The Worm Ladies will help you get started in vermicomposting. Visit the website for our products and information.

DESIGN & SERVICES

BIO TECH ENVIRONMENTAL CARE
18 Granite Street, Westerly, RI 02891
Serving Rhode Island & Connecticut
Environmentally Friendly Treatments For All Kinds Of Pests:  Pest Control, Organic Lawn Care, Trees, Mold Care, Tennis Treatments. http://www.biotechpestcontrols.com
401-315-2400

Frank Crandall , Horticultural Solutions , PO Box 451, Wakefield, RI 02880, E-Mail: FrankCrandall3@gmail.com Tel. 401-742-7619, Fax: 401-284-2560 Website: www.frankcrandall3.com Consulting for both homeowners & horticultural businesses. (See ad)

American Landscape Llc, Sharon View Nursery
Jim Zoppo , 630 S. Main St., Sharon, MA 02067 Tel. 781-784-5858, E-Mail: jfzoppo@comcast.net Web: www.american-landscape.com Organic & natural fertilizers, trees & shrubs, statuary, plants. Horticultural consulting, garden & landscape design & renovation, masonry, Irrigation. Listen to the Jim Zoppo Gardening Show radio show - go to: www.jimzoppo.com

Dana Designs...Naturally!
Exercising organic strategies in maintenance of coastal lawns throughout South County, RI. Expertise in management of invasive species and use of native plants to build healthy landscapes. NOFA - AOLCP - Find us on Facebook or by E-Mail danadesignsri@verizon.net

Go Organic LLC, Organic Lawn, Garden & Land Care
1244 Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 Tel:860-935-5235 , E-mail: info@GoOrganicLLc.com
Website: www.GoOrganicLLc.com 100% Organic: Lawn Care, Plant Health Care and Vegetable Gardens. For Residential, Commercial and Municipalities. NOFA-accredited. We use only OMRI certified products – not pseudo-organic/organic-based, but 100% organic – discern the difference! Serving Rhode Island, Massachusetts & Connecticut since 2007.

Sanne Kure-Jensen , Ecological Designs & Consulting Portsmouth, RI, E-Mail: GreenThumbs62@cox.net (CP) 401-369-3303 Low- maintenance land care using native plants. Beekeeper, NOFA Organic Land Care Professional,
Serves Newport & Bristol counties, RI

Chip Osborne , Osborne Organics 11 Laurel Street , Marblehead, MA 01945 Tel. 781-631-2468, E-Mail: co@osborneorganics.com Website: www.osborneorganics.com Consulting service for business, municipal, institutional, & residential clients

Seeds to Trees Organic Landscaping,
Zachary Paquette,
234 Mauran Ave., East Providence, RI 02914 401-641-0948, www.seedstotreeslandscape.com RINLA certified horticulturalists. Garden renovation, design, installation, maintenance. Organic Lawncare, Hardscaping.

Simply Safer Premium Lawn Care, Servicing Eastern Massachusetts and all of RI 508-384-4444 1-866-GO-SAFER www.saferlawns.com Pet, Kid, & Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Organic & Organic-Based Fertilization Programs Organic Mosquito & Tick Control Hydroseeding, Topdressing w/ Organic Compost Aeration & Overseeding

Thompson Organic Landscaping , Paul Thompson, Providence, RI Tel. 401-368-0832.
Since 1988, all-organic lawn care. Maintenance, mowing, plant health care, renovation. Installation, restoration. Planting: trees, shrubs & flowers. Consulting, Design.

OTHER

Klinkman Solar Design, Paul Klinkman & Liberty Goodwin, Providence, RI www.KlinkmanSolar.com Tel. 401-351-9193 E-mail: paul@klinkmansolar.com Grow vegetables all winter in your sustainable no-heat greenhouse or use it as a sunspace or for supplementary heat for your home or business.

Simply Safer Foundation (SSF), A 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission includes improving the condition of the turf that children play on and to do so in a way that eliminates chemical use and thus the potentially toxic exposure to our children and environment. 508-384-4444 mike_powers@saferlawns.com

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KLINKMAN SOLAR DESIGN
Paul Klinkman & Liberty Goodwin, Owners, Providence, RI 02906 Tel. 401-351-9193 E-mail: paul@klinkmansolar.com Web: www.KlinkmanSolar.com

Grow vegetables all winter in your own sustainable no-heat greenhouse – or use it as a sunspace or for supplementary heat for your home or business. The revolutionary KSD affordable, concentrating solar greenhouse, patent #8408199, delivers world-class sunshine control, heat control and heavy snow collapse resistance in almost all midwinter climates for phenomenal January plant growth. Long-lived, nontoxic, sustainable building materials, insulation and thermal mass are used. After your expensive greenhouse supplier doesn't come within a mile of these high standards, call us!

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GROUNDS & GARDENS GUIDE

The 2011 Replacement for the Popular Less Toxic Landscaping Resource Directory
Download a printable version of the Grounds and Gardens Guide

THE UNIQUE GUIDE TO ORGANIC-FRIENDLY LAND CARE & GARDENING – WHY, HOW, & WHO CAN HELP

Compiled by Liberty Goodwin ©2011 Liberty Goodwin
TABLE OF CONTENTS
P. 2 WHY NOT PESTICIDES?
P. 3 PESTICIDE HUMOR
P. 4 ORGANICS – CAN THEY DO THE JOB?
P. 5 ORGANICS – HUMOR
P. 6 –7 LAWN FLAG SONG & PESTICIDE THOUGHTS
P. 8 HOW TO FIND RESOURCES FOR YOURSELF
P. 9 -15 SAMPLE RESOURCES FOR INFO, SERVICES & SUPPLIES
P. 16 AND NOW FOR SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT!

THE BASICS OF HEALTHY LANDSCAPING & GARDENING
** Pesticides Are A Quick Fix That Fades
**Pesticides Are Poison & Humans Are Not Immune
**You, Your Kids & Pets – Are The Guinea Pigs
**Chemicals Are Addictive - the Cost Goes on Forever
**The Natives (Plants) Like The Local Climate!
**Organic Has Had Centuries Of Testing
**Lawns Are Dull! (Like Toxic Green Rugs)
**Healthy Kids & Pets At Play Delight The Eye!
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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS GUIDE

(NOTE:  Though the Guide was prepared for
distribution in Rhode Island & Southeastern
New England, most of its content is information
valuable to all gardeners & homeowners).

 

 

2015 SPRING INTO SUMMER TIPS
Download it for printing
BEAUTY OR THE BEAST? WHICH IS YOUR LAWN, YARD, GARDEN, FARM OR KID’S PLAYING FIELD?

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A COMPARISON OF THE OPTIONS
**LOOKS: Which landscaping & gardening choices make the neighbors go “Ahhhh…?” Which are dull or ugly?
**HEALTH: What kind of care & materials is good for you, yours, and the environment? Which poison all in sight?
**PRACTICALITY: What will give you the best use of your piece of earth? Which will be merely a chore to keep up.
“”COST: Do you have to spend a bunch to satisfy?
**HOW TO DO IT? Where can you find the resources to help you achieve your wonderful vision of home?

ALSO SEE OUR WEBSITE AT:
Households & Food : http://toxicsinfo.org/TIPS_house.htm
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WATCH FOR THE FLYER AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY AND SHOPS, CAFES, ETC.
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LANDSCAPING & GARDENING INFO LINKS
Lawn Care
Simple Steps for Simple Lawns
Taylor's Lawn Tips (we like the book so much that now we sell it)
Tips for a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn
Safety of Sewage Sludge Fertilizer
Swimming Pool Issues
In the Swim of Things
Less Toxic Landscaping Campaign Support
Less Toxic Landscaping Endorsers List
Less Toxic Landscaping Support Pledge Form
Model Less Toxic Landscaping Support Resolution, (for towns and organizations)
Less Toxic Landscaping Organizational Endorsement Form
State of Rhode Island House and Senate Resolution
PESTICIDE RISKS INFO & PESTICIDE-FREE PLAYING FIELDS INITIATIVE: - Information and actions you can take to protect kids from toxic exposures while at play. www.toxicsinfo.org/playingfields.htm

FRANK CRANDALL, HORTICULTURAL SOLUTIONS
Mailing: P.O.Box 451, Wakefield, RI 02880, Tel. 401-742-7619, Fax: 401-284-2560
E-Mail: FrankCrandall3@gmail.com Website: www.frankcrandall3.com  

Homeowner Services: Horticultural designs, small installations, organic plant health care, selective pruning, landscape assessments, southern RI and Southeast CT. Horticultural Businesses: consultations, seminars on estimating, attracting employees, job costing, sales tips, management suggestions, speaking engagements, and offering my new book for sale: (The Essential Horticultural Business Handbook).

SHARON VIEW NURSERY
(AMERICAN LANDSCAPE LLC)
Jim Zoppo , 630 S. Main St., Sharon, MA 02067 Tel. 781-784-5858, E-Mail: jfzoppo@comcast.net Website: www.american-landscape.com

Organic & natural fertilizers, plant food, soil amendments. Large & hard to find trees & shrubs, statuary, garden accents, pottery, plants. Horticultural Consulting, Garden & Landscape Design & Renovation, Masonry, Irrigation. Informed personnel. Visit the state-of-the-art greenhouse!
Listen to the weekly Jim Zoppo Gardening Show – See: www.jimzoppo.com




DANA DESIGNS... NATURALLY , Dana K. Millar 32 Hillsdale Road, West Kingston, RI 02892 401-486-0495, danadesignsri@verizon.net, www.danadesignsri.com or see Dana Designs on Facebook Often, the organic precept of “Right Plant, Right Place” prevents problems. Dana Designs will improve the well being of your plants & grasses by: removal, pruning, thinning, aerating, raking, top dressing, mowing, mulching, & de-thatching. A soil analysis is provided as a basis for the organic land care program he provides. Dana is a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional.

CHIP OSBORNE , OSBORNE ORGANICS, 11 Laurel Street , Marblehead, MA 01945, Tel. 781-631-2468, E-Mail: co@osborneorganics.com
Website: www.osborneorganics.com

Consulting service for business, municipal, institutional, & residential clients, to create & maintain natural, self-sustaining turf without synthetic fertilizers & chemical pesticides. On-site evaluations, public presentations; product specs, maintenance schedules; construction design; training programs: Chip is a foremost authority on organic land care, especially turf.

RESOURCES ON THE TIP BOOKSHELF!

Suggestions for great gardening & landscaping books, along with other related topics! You can buy any that interest you by clicking on the GoodShop or IGive links.

You’ll be able to choose from sites around the web – and TIP will get a small donation from your purchase – at no extra cost to you! Go to: www.toxicsinfo.org/tipstore.htm

SPEAKING TO GROUPS –
TIP SPEAKERS LIST

Information about organic landscaping and gardening techniques, pest control, household concerns & solutions. Contact us if you know of a group that uses speakers, that might like us to provide someone to give a talk. Also, suggest topics that you think would be of interest. 401-351-9193 or E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org .

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TIP'S 2004 LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING CAMPAIGN AND CONTEST

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2004's Less Toxic Landscaping Contest Details

Contest Awards

May Day, 2004,Gardening Fair

Contest Information

Press Release




Toxics Information Project (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
Tel. 401-351-9193
E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
Website: www.toxicsinfo.org