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'Chemical' lawns? She'd rather see worms, dandelions.

It is that time of the year where some people feel the need to have their lawns look like a green carpet, which often means applying pesticides.

As I walk my dogs around the neighborhood, I am seeing the pesticide warning signs on some of these lawns. What I am also seeing is: there are children and pets living at these homes with the green carpet lawns. These lawns are the pets' and children’s play areas. Some dogs will even be eating the grass from these chemically treated lawns, placing them at risk for developing canine cancers.

I refuse to use any chemicals on my lawns, even if they say they are safe for humans and pets. I enjoy the dandelions and other pretty wildflowers that pop up on my lawn. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a lawn that looks like a meadow. Plenty of worms on my lawn for the birds to enjoy also.

Diane L. Amburn



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