I had the pleasure of meeting Austin Szelkowski the other day. Austin is better known as the "Freedom Skater." He is embarking later this week on a 3,000 mile skate (that's inline roller skates) across America.
Pearl's Premium was proud to sponsor this year's edition of the Dudley Pond 5k Fun Run. The event includes competitive runs for men and women, a kids run and a family walk. The Dudley Pond Association which sponsors the event was founded in 1968 and has taken a leadership role in addressing water quality issues, including invasive weeds and lawn chemical run-off that threaten lovely Dudley Pond (a favorite fishing hole for Babe Ruth back in the day).
It turns out there's a lot in common between automobiles and lawns. Like your typical car, the typical American lawn consumes a tremendous amount of resources and leaves a large carbon footprint behind. And, unfortunately, Americans can't get enough of either!
A different automobile - lawn paradigm was on display at my home in Wayland this week (photo at left). Marc Muller dropped by to learn how our Pearl's Premium sustainable grass seed mixes are cutting the carbon foot print of lawns with less mowing, less watering and no chemicals and to show off his own very cool car.
Summer is a great time to be active outside for people and pets too. While most people are good about using sunscreen on themselves and their kids, some might not think about the effects of the sun on their four-legged family members.
After spending a day in the hot summer sun with Zoe, Jackson's newly-adopted and decidedly sun-averse doggie (see what I mean in photo), I got to thinking about puppy sun screen...
We went to a really great Farmers' Market this past weekend in Roslindale Village (MA). It was an urban setting (Roslindale, for those who don't know, is part of Boston), but it had a real country market feel. You know, friendly people, waggy tail dogs, good smells, homemade pie (more on that later).
Did anyone catch the Presidential Report on Cancer that came out this week? Surprise, surprise the chemicals in our environment are putting us at significant risk of cancer. There are over 80,000 known chemicals in our homes - a number that has exploded over the past 30 years.
I did and, not surprising for those of you who know me, I had something to say!
The past week has been a blur! We’ve met so many unique and helpful people in Kentucky and Ohio. Along with lovely green spaces and a friendly atmosphere, we have found likeminded folks with an earth-friendly attitude. We even passed a store with something for everyone (see the picture for more insight).
We woke up after one of the best sleeps ever had in a pop-up camper (more on our sustainable camper later) to the sound of a Doberman Pinscher relieving himself on our wheel. We didn’t mind because we’re pet-friendly! After a stretch and some coffee we headed out on the first leg of our trip to Kentucky. The beautiful hills and colors of the earth were a sight to behold and reminded us of the fabric of America.
As a landscaper with an interest in protecting our Earth and my clients, their pets and families, Pearl's Premium seemed like a perfect solution to reconcile my environmental conscience and desire for a lush, green lawn.
A few months ago I was invited to join the talented team behind the scenes at Pearl's Premium to help spread the word about Pearl's Premium and sustainable lawn care. I eagerly accepted. After lots of prep Jackson and I have embarked on a 12 state Johnny Grass Seed tour of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
We are traveling in a low impact trailer that only reduces our gas mileage by one gallon per one hundred miles, self contained and budget-wise. I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing what America has to say about truly green lawns.
To paraphrase the opening of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, "it was the best of times and the worst of times." He could as easily have been describing the year 2010. We find ourselves in a time of great economic and environmental challenge. Of all the challenges water is the sleeping giant that must be dealt with. And one of the greatest challenges to clean, clear drinking water is the ever-present lawn that surrounds our homes and businesses.