If your home is surrounded by trees, shrubs or a lawn or garden that need to be maintained regularly then you will have to be careful about your and family’s health as taking care of your garden or trees can affect your health considerably.
Health concerns due to lawn or garden
Though you may not face the pollution problem by having a natural lawn or garden in your home but your activities in this natural setup can cause certain problems to your health as well as the entire environment. It can be due to the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, washes of exposed soil during storms as well as air and noise pollution created by using weed cutter and mower powered by gasoline.
Use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers
In domestic lawns and garden usually, ten times more pesticides and chemical fertilizers per acre are used for their proper growth as compared to the amount of fertilizers and pesticides used in farmland by the farmers. The chemicals in these fertilizers and pesticides can pollute streams and lakes as well as get mixed into drinking water if not applied properly. Similarly, improperly stored pesticides can also be harmful to children.
Improper application of fertilizers
Chemical fertilizers can also worsen the conditions if they are applied excessively or at the wrong time. They increase the problems caused by diseases and insects due to their improper use. Chemical fertilizers can sweep away your lawn before the growth of the grass if it is used excessively in it. Excessively used fertilizer can also runoff into lakes and streams and increase the growth of unwanted plants near them.
Washing of exposed soil by storms
If there is exposed soil in your lawn then it can choke the waterways along with harming the natural habitats when washed away during storms.
Air and noise pollution
While maintaining the lawn you will have to use mowers, leaf blowers, weed cutters, and other tools and equipment. If they are powered by gasoline then it can cause air and noise pollution around our home which can be harmful to the health of your family and pets. The exhaust of a gasoline-powered lawnmower in an hour can be equivalent to the smoke exhausted by driving a car for nearly 350 miles. Moreover while watering the garden or lawn lots of water go waste.
In this way, lawns can cause an enormous effect on your health if everyone in our area has a lawn and maintains it as discussed above.
All these health risks caused by lawn in your home can be avoided by using the fertilizers and pesticides wisely after testing the soil of our lawn. They will tell you what kind of fertilizer and pesticides are required by your lawn and in how much quantity. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can be harmful to our health when they are used improperly. Moreover, they should be used carefully as per the instructions provided on their label to avoid the risk of health problems to you, your family and pets.