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Pigs in the yardSince the arrival of spring, my family and I have been happily working in our yard– planting new flowers, trimming the hedges and basically doing all the primping that makes lounging outdoors so beautiful.   We have however, come upon a major bump in the road…how to maintain our newly planted grass.  Which brings me to the question…should we fertilize or not?  I’m sure you would agree when I say there’s nothing like a luscious green lawn.  But at what price?  Fertilizers are widely known to be responsible for many adverse human health effects, including leukemia and many types of cancer.  And let’s not forget  to mention that they pollute our surface and ground water, deplete the land of its vital nutrients and cause harm to animals and pets.  All this havoc is mainly caused by the long list of unsafe metals that exist in fertilizers including arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, uranium and boron just to name a few.  So what’s a eco-conscious mom to do?  I’ve begun my search to find an alternative, but have only been able to come up with fertilizers that are good for small gardens or companies that claim to use organic only to discover their claims are not all true.  I promise to keep you in the loop on my findings, as I’m determined to find a better solution.  In the meantime, we’re going au naturale… I’ll take a healthy family over green grass any day!