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10 everyday services gone green

By: Sidney Stevens on Dec. 12, 2011, 8:56 a.m.
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Lawn care

Green living extends beyond the walls of your home to your yard and garden. If you like the idea of planting drought- and pest-resistant native plants, plus you want to avoid using harmful synthetic pesticides and fertilizers as well as fossil fuel-powered lawn equipment, then an eco-friendly lawn-care service or landscaper may be in your future. Besides asking for names at a nearby garden center or cooperative extension, check out Beyond Pesticides’ 40-state directory of eco-friendly landscape and lawn services or the Ecological Landscaping Association’s “Find an Eco-Pro” 21-state directory. If you live in the Northeast, try the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s directory of Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. Midwesterners should search the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association’s list of green contractors. Before hiring any sustainable lawn/landscaping service, do your due diligence with this list of questions.