LANDSCAPERS AVAILABLE WHO USE NON-TOXIC LAWN CHEMICALS
Green Alternatives to Toxic Lawn Chemicals
Did you know that on July 7, 2006, consistent with the national trend against conventional pesticides, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals, our sister town of Clifton, N.J. officially renounced use of pesticides? Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi said:
“As a matter of policy and practice, we don’t use pesticides in the maintenance of our city parks. We want to protect water quality and public health, especially the health of young children who are more vulnerable to the hazards of pesticides than adults”
Happily, there is simply no reason to use a company like TruGreen/ChemLawn (or Davey, Lawn Doctor, etc.) for your lawn-care anymore. Numerous alternative lawn-care companies now exist that are fully committed to organic methods and materials, and operate in a completely honest, open, and transparent manner about what they use and how they use it, a practice that TruGreen/ChemLawn has a history of not doing. The existence or widespread availability of these organic lawn-care companies was not the case even five years ago, but happily, it is the case, now.
So, what are you waiting for? Why are you still permitting the use of dangerous chemicals on your lawn and shrubs? Call each of the organic lawn care companies below to find the one that provides the best fit for you, your property, and your budget. Invite each to come and examine your property, speak with you, and provide you an estimate. Do it right now, while it's on your mind and the relevant phone numbers are in front of you.
If you elect to use a given company, below or elsewhere, before I can research it, remember to definitively ascertain that their lawn care services are completely and thoroughly organic, and use no pesticides whatsoever. This can be confusing because some companies offer several different program options, the true orientation of each sometimes obscured behind inaccurate or misleading marketing language; this is the case with NaturaLawn, for example.
2017 UPDATEThe listings on this page were written at least five years ago, with a partial update perhaps a year or more ago. Now, July 2017, I have continued that update. People, programs, policies, practices, and companies may have changed, unreflected even in this latest update, so do your homework before hiring any company.
I apologize to any company that may have been misrepresented because of an old and inaccurate review, and to anyone who sought services and was misdirected or otherwise adversely affected by same.
If your company remains listed here with a disfavorable review, you can submit detailed corrections and a good-faith assurance that services have improved, and I will note your remarks here.
Happily, a recent Internet search has turned up a new generation of organic landscapers operating in the North Jersey area, most of which are not listed here. This site, KEYS TO GOOD HEALTH, is no longer actively updated, though much of its original content, aside from this page, remains current. And of course, my thesis that Brotherly Love is our most potent force for health remains true, and its large-scale adoption more necessary than ever.
Please see the enumerated "keys to good health" on my home page for more.
Garden State Safelawns & Landscapes
265 Main Street
Gladstone, NJ 07934
Toll Free: 1-866-936-7007
PO Box 1148
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
James or Cheryl Ebbinghousen, Owners
333 Main Street, Building #2
Little Falls, NJ 07424
Office Manager: Jim
Organic Turf & Insect
PO Box 519
Chester, NJ 07930
Unfortunately, Tom's advertising is a bit misleading, as, in fact, counter to its claims, he does not presently service Passaic or Bergen Counties.
Green Harmony Now!
CustomerService@Mail.GreenHarmony.Com or GreenHarmonyNow@aol.com
Organic Landscape & Design Co.
Anthony Vitale, President
NL & G Landscaping
Clean Air Lawn Care
LANDSCAPE COMPANIES SERVICING NORTH JERSEY WITH QUIET, NON-POLLUTING EQUIPMENT
You've likely never experienced the deeply wonderful and amazing feeling from awakening on a quiet Saturday morning, looking out your window, and realizing that your landscaper has been mowing your lawn in complete silence for the last twenty minutes! Until you happened to look out your window, you didn't even know he was there.
Clean Air Lawn Care is a company that uses either manual or electric tools, but as of Summer 2011 they do not yet have a franchise presence in New Jersey.
In fact, such companies are very difficult to find, at least in the Northern New Jersey area. Consequently, you may wish to purchase a reel (i.e. push) or electric mower and simply do the work yourself. You can also check Craig's List or similar Internet sites, or your local newspaper classifieds and help available sections to find a local handyman, small-scale landscaper, or even a reliable high-schooler willing to landscape your property using quiet tools. They may have the mower and other tools, or you can provide them.
Here is one such company:
THE QUIET CUTTER
1-800-QUIET-CUT (phone number pending)
Do-it-Yourself Lawn Care
Purchase Ringer Lawn Restore, a fine OMRI Listed fertilizer product, from Ploch's Garden Center in Clifton, N.J.
ORGANIC PEST CONTROL COMPANIES SERVICING NORTH JERSEY
If you haven't done so already, please read my section on In-Home Pest Control before consulting this section. Bedbug information can be found on that page, as well.
Arkadia Pest Solutions
Ecotect Scientific Pest Elimination Services
This is another pest control firm which trumpets the safety of their approach for the environment and human health. Ecotect states:
Since 1998 Ecotect Scientific Pest Elimination has been committed to providing Earth-friendly pest elimination services. Our goal is to eliminate your pest problem without harming your family or the environment. The combination of our expert technicians and organic products results in a pest-free home without the exposure to traditional pesticides. These organic products and treatments are long-lasting, effective and guaranteed.
Indeed have I spoken in 2016, with positive results, to Stephen Ceol, owner of Ecotect. He told me:
Mr. Ceol actually has no formal education in pest controlling but has picked it up on his own, enhanced with occasional short classes. He appears to know what he's talking about and struck me, as I recall, as a sincere person.
Green Shield Certified Pest Controllers Servicing North Jersey
The following pest control professionals offer a Green Shield Certified service, upon request, although I'd probably look to the above operators, first, as they seem more explicitly dedicated to organic pest control:
Colony Pest Management, Inc.
Colony Pest Control
1522 Bay Ridge Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Green Clover IPM Program offered by Colony Pest Management, Inc., in northern and central New Jersey and Queens, Bronx, Kings, Richmond, Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester counties in New York.
Servicing: residential, commercial, schools, hospitals, nursing homes
For: general pest, termites, carpenter ants.
Diehard Exterminating, Inc.
9201 4th Ave, Ste 200A
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Servicing: residential, commercial.
Diehard Green Building Solutions (.pdf) offered by Diehard Exterminating, Inc., in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.
For: general pest.
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS PRACTICING IN NORTH JERSEY, N.J.
Please email me with additional listings.
Branin, Ivy, N.D.
Simplicity Health Associates
17 West Poplar Ave
Linwood, New Jersey 08221
- Practicing two years as of 2013.
- Dr. Branin received her degree in Naturopathy from Bastyr University, a premier institution in that field.
Cano, Julian, Dr., LLC
147 Columbia Turnpike
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932
Is this guy for real? Open shirt collar, no white physician's smock, no shave, in a pensive GQ pose? Ladies, I suppose that you might want to check him out.
Dr. Carl's Natural Health Solutions
1445 Main Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
877-837-3957 / 908-612-4931
Galarowicz, Robert, ND
AIM Center - Alternative Integrative Medical Center
1 Sears Dr. Fl#3
Paramus, NJ 07652
Gero, Glenn B., ND
256 Colfax Avenue
Naturopath, ND, CNS
Natural Medicine Center
517 River Drive
Garfield, New Jersey 07026
Kuzniar, Leat, HBSc ND
366 Passaic Ave
Nutley, NJ, 07110
Mind, Spirit & Body Naturally, LLC
Mikyle S. Byrd-Vaughn, N.D.
1000 Broad Street, 2nd floor
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
f.973-429-7887 / 973-710-9100
The office is located in the THE BLOOMFIELD WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Mikyle S. Byrd-Vaughn earned her Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Biology (B.A.) from Johns Hopkins University before obtaining her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences (M.S.) from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Byrd-Vaughn holds a license as a Naturopathic doctor.
Roberts, Kathia, Dr.
Seasonal Health Wellness Center and Apothecary
117 Washington Street
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
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