In the past decade, it is now clear that Mark Mackenzie has left a legacy of business failures and garbage dumps. Organic pesticide-free is a failure ! Despite rigged testimonials and mock-photos, organic pesticide-free maintenance does not work ! It is impossible for home-owners or professionals to keep their properties beautiful by using so-called green alternative pesticides and practices. http://wp.me/p1jq40-24g After 5 to 10 years of experiencing pesticide bans in Canada, it is now evident that organic pesticide-free maintenance is a total and dismal failure. Throughout Canada, the businesses operating in the organic lawn care industry are disintegrating into bankruptcies and business failures. Organic lawn care companies are disintegrating under the weight of their own treachery. Mackenzie’s Organic Landscape Alliance has all but disintegrated. Lying, cheating, and fraud are the only ways to make organic maintenance appear to work effectively. http://wp.me/p1jq40-3yl No one can afford this #@!!% organic nonsense ?!?! Moreover, pesticide bans in jurisdictions like Ontario, where Mackenzie and his buddies conspired to imposed their anti-pesticide life-style choices, destroyed public and residential green spaces by turning them into dangerous and pest-infested garbage dumps. http://wp.me/p1jq40-44g http://wp.me/p1jq40-4z3 A well-maintained lawn and landscape can only be achieved pesticides and fertilizers. Fortunately, conventional pesticides are safe, effective, economical, and low-risk. Lying, cheating, and fraud are the only ways to make organic pesticide-free maintenance appear to work effectively. Mackenzie’s organic pesticide-free schemes are a failure ! WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G http://pesticidetruths.com/ http://wp.me/P1jq40-2rr
No Need to Use Pesticides
The ongoing debate at City Hall is missing the mark on all fronts. A lawn that is beautiful to the beholder is not something that the public should be forced to give up. This is the position of the companies that provide chemical lawn care. Pesticides should be banned because they are designed to kill and continue to harm after they have reached their original intended target. Our health should be the first priority. This is the position of many concerned citizens and groups, including many doctors and other health-care workers.
I know from my own experience as an organic lawn-care service provider, is that both are achieved in thousands of lawns across this country. The proponents of pesticide usage are having us believe the only two choices are dandelions or their beloved synthetic pesticides. Proper and real organic lawn care yields lush lawns that are highly resistant to insect infestation since they are teeming with soil microbial activity, can kill invading insects (nematodes for grubs and a variety of products for chinch bug), and harmful fungal growth just isn't an issue in a mature organic lawn system. If you learn how to grow grass instead of kill weeds, you will be amazed at the results.
As a member of the Organic Landscape Alliance, I also know there are a growing number of landscaping and lawn-care professionals who are quite capable and willing to provide 100 per cent organic lawn care. But, buyers must beware of many organic, natural, eco-friendly and safe claims that are made by some lawn-care companies that have not necessarily changed what they are doing, but have merely changed what they say they are doing. Or, they are baiting with the organic side and switching back to basically a chemical program again. With your deep-rooted lawns and biologically active soil, you will find yourself watering less during droughts. Just imagine the positive effect that widespread true organic land care would have on the already strained city water supply and the savings year after year to the public. Councillors should be encouraged to take this into account as another benefit, when making their decision.
The city of Waterloo and other municipalities have proven that at the park level, beautiful green spaces can be realized without pesticides. It starts with a change in thinking and must continue with full commitment. When you mix systems, i.e. put organic fertilizer down, then spray synthetic chemicals for insects, you have just killed what makes good organic fertilizer work. Chemical systems do not work if they are done improperly; the same applies to organic turf care. You can't mix and match.
Change is always uncomfortable and a ban on synthetic pesticides for cosmetic purposes will clearly be most painful for chemical lawn service providers and consumers who have been misinformed about their options. With better information, and a little patience while society adjusts, we will organically enjoy lush green spaces for many years to come.
Mark MacKenzie, President
Organic Landscape Alliance