Sustainable Grass Seed

Sustainable Grass Seed

Micki Howl
Jul 22, 2011

Last night while driving home I heard a segment on NPR about the sustainable grass seed movement. It's no secret that we've known for many years how harmful pesticides and fertilizers can be to the environment, humans and animals, yet the general population continues to opt for greener lawns year after year.

Entrepreneur and scientist Jackson Madnick was inspired to create his own sustainable grass seed after moving to a golf course and having his cat die from cancer. He suspected that it was the fertilizer treatment used to keep the golf course green. After years of testing he unveiled his eco-friendly low maintenance seed Pearls Premium. This unique mixture of seed boasts that it only requires mowing once a month and uses less water and fertilizers (he suggests using organic fertilizer with his seed).

I often have conflicting feelings about keeping up a lawn, especially in Texas. I find the water usage completely wasteful trying to keep grass alive through 20 straight days of over 100 degree temperatures (and counting) so when I heard this interview I immediately wondered if it was too good to be true? The mixture has been around for several years and has been picked up by Home Depot and Whole Foods, so it has a significant backing and the reviews claim that indeed, it is true. This may just have to be our next outdoor home improvement project!

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