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.

Ask Questions

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.


The 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
  • I was told several years ago that this lawn care company WILL use manual tools if requested--the "old-fashioned" rake, broom, and reel (i.e. manual push) mower--instead of the mega-loud, hearing-eroding, polluting, global-warming gas equipment typically used (see "Request Manual Tools," below). Moreover, for small properties there will be little, if any, extra cost for using the superior manual tools! You simply cannot beat this deal!

    The only gas-powered tool they must retain in order to restrain their price is the string trimmer (i.e. the "weed-wacker"). I consider this a fabulous trade-off, as the string trimmer will still pollute somewhat but is not loud and thus will neither irritate nor cause hearing erosion!

  • Contact Yuval Aharoni, their Lawn and Landscape Specialist, directly by telephone at 908-581-0896 or via email here.

  • Yuval says he used to use chemical pesticides, but no longer does because after work he wants to be able to "come home and hug my kids." The typical TruGreen/ChemLawn technician, covered in toxic spray or other materials as they may be, cannot do this.

  • He also states that the organic liquid materials that they use, while extremely effective, are so safe that he sometimes performs a customer demonstration by drinking them!

    Rest assured, were any TruGreen technician foolhardy enough to drink any of the materials they use, that individual would be dead or incapacitated within a short period; likely minutes. Which lawn care agents would you rather have in the soil and grass your children are rolling around on, and volatilizing into the air they are breathing?

Lawn Alive
Will Gutierrez
PO Box 1148
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Office: 201-670-4859
Cell: 201-424-0745
  • "We provide a variety [of] organic services for any landscaping need."

James or Cheryl Ebbinghousen, Owners
333 Main Street, Building #2
Little Falls, NJ 07424
Office Manager: Jim
Office: 1-973-339-9690
  • In 2009, my family enlisted this company to perform a lawn care service for us. While they did take time to explain their services, their technician made three mistakes, two of which were extremely serious, the other of which the company owner denied but I know occurred. As of 2011 I'm told that the technician in question, Louis, is no longer in their employ.

    There was another discrepancy, as well, since my mother asserts that two different NaturaLawn employees told her that the chemicals used were nontoxic, which, if true, would have constituted the rendering of a falsehood.

    Ironically, I attempted to help the owner of this company solve his own neighborhood toxics problem: he told me, surprisingly, that many of the families on his block use TruGreen/ChemLawn or similar companies. I encouraged him to download my free Healthy Lawncare pamphlet and distribute it to his neighbors.

    In all, the owner chose not to charge my family for the service his company performed, which was appropriate given their serious mistakes.

  • Moreover, one of the two programs offered by NaturaLawn consists of use of hazardous synthetic pesticides and herbicides; confusingly, this program is called their "Organic Based" program. Do NOT select this program; select only their "Natural, Pesticide-Free" program, or select a different organic lawn care company from this page.

  • I would approach this company with caution.

Organic Turf & Insect
Tom Pote
PO Box 519
Chester, NJ 07930
Office: 1-908-879-7004
  • Tom's company is unique, in that he does organic lawncare AND organic pest control, including termite treatments! There is simply no need to ever call a typical "exterminator" again!

  • NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Accredited Organic Lawn Fertilization & Organic Pest Control for Businesses & Homes.

  • 100% organic services.

  • Tom states his mission as:

    We are spreading the word that 100% organic fertilizers, and insect and weed control are here to stay and that toxic synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are on their way out. We at Organic Turf and Insect Busters are committed to quality and customer satisfaction. We see ourselves as a company of the future, continually bringing to the people we serve the very best in organic lawn, landscape and insect control care.

    We have a vision of a world free from toxic chemicals and a mission that will bring beauty to lawns and landscapes while providing a pure, healthy and safe place to live. All of our products and methods are 100% allowed products and methods approved by the USA Government Nation Organic Program, CCOF, OMIRI and NOFA. We have passed an exam and receive continued training that gives us accreditation by NOFA-CT and NOFA-MA Standards for Organic Land Care. The definition of organic as pertaining to these organizations is "the use of practices and substances which are biologically enhancing to the soil, to the plant life, to humans and animals. Practices that result in residue or by-products which are harmful or detrimental to humans, animals, the biological life of the soil and ecosystem are not used."

  • 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!
Jose German
Montclair, N.J.
CustomerService@Mail.GreenHarmony.Com or
  • Sustainable Eco-Friendly Gardening & Landscaping Services.

  • Member of the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA).

  • Member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA).

  • Unfortunately, this may be another dead end as I've received no response from Mr. German any time in recent years that I've attempted to contact him.

Organic Landscape & Design Co.
Madison, N.J.
Anthony Vitale, President
  • "While other landscapers may offer an occasional organic fertilizer application, we offer a 100% organic service. This includes fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, topsoil, mulch and our homemade organic compost used in our exclusive lawn restoration program."

    "When you just put down're killing all the good insects. There is no biodiversity. The only way to sustain a dead lawn is to use petroleum-based chemicals, which have a long half-life," says Anthony Vitale, owner of Organic Landscape and Design Company in Madison. Repeated dosages increases the amount of chemicals in the soil, which take a long time to break down. The chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, and can become concentrated indoors after being tracked in on shoes, pets, and clothing, Vitale explains."

    This is yet another vendor who, as I understand it, is often or always unavailable, at least for North Jersey residents.

NL & G Landscaping
Gus Hernandez
Wyckoff, N.J.
v. 201-291-9707
  • Gus has an extensive knowledge of organic landscaping and gardening techniques, but indicates that most customers have no interest, even when apprised of the serious health effects on children of chemical pesticides and other convential material and methods. He is open to customers seeking conventional or organic care, though as of Fall 2016 does not service Passaic County.

Clean Air Lawn Care
  • Another lawn care company for whom quiet and non-polluting mowing, trimming, and leaf collection is just as essential, and key to their appeal, as the organic growing agents they use.

    Not available in New Jersey, yet, however. Please see one of the above companies.

    (Franchises available.)

Lawn Doctor

  • The materials used in their so-called organic lawn care uses synthetic, not all-natural and organic materials: "This organic lawn fertilizer draws at least 30 percent of its nutrients from natural and organic sources. The balance of the nutrients are from synthetic (man-made) sources" (

  • Confusingly, they state their "natural" lawn care does use a completely natural fertilizer ( This is confusing because organic lawn care is supposed to be more pure than natural lawn care, not the other way around.

  • This is another company that wants to have it both ways, and can't figure out what its commitment to human health and the environment actually is. Again, either you're committed to organic methods and materials, the organic approach, or you're not.

  • With a company like this I'd also have great concerns that the materials they use may be genetically-engineered, or contain nanotechnology components. You don't want your family used as a guinea pig for these brand new, untested, and in certain respects bizarre technologies and the materials produced from or with them.

  • Last:  some years ago my mother hired the Lawn Doctor operator who services North Jersey. He damaged our lawn, and then refused to provide a refund. We had to sue him, and were made to understand that he is frequently sued, which may be why we lost the case:  this man seems to have an understanding of how to win his cases, though at least in our circumstance he should have lost. I also note that the female judge treated my mother, aging and infirm, deplorably.

    Though this happened some years ago, if I can secure the name of this owner I will post it here. If he contacts me to provide an assurance that he now operates in a more professional and ethical manner, I will note it, here.

  • I have not researched this new company, so proceed with caution. Preliminarily recommended is their Organic, not IPM-based, lawn care program.


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:

1-800-QUIET-CUT (phone number pending)
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Suggested Links


Do-it-Yourself Lawn Care

Purchase Ringer Lawn Restore, a fine OMRI Listed fertilizer product, from Ploch's Garden Center in Clifton, N.J.


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
  • I have not spoken personally with this company to ensure that their pest control treatments are genuinely green and healthy. However, their web site trumpets the safety of their approach for the environment and human health, so I can, in good faith, recommend an exploratory telephone call.

    However, if they start talking about using standard commercial pesticide products such as Termidor for termites, and anything other than technical boric acid for cockroaches, I'd stay away, or make it clear that you'll only accept completely natural solutions for your home and property.

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:

  • He uses Timbor for termites, along with traps; I think the traps do contain a standard chemical but I could be wrong, as I recall Stephen saying something about this being the one pest that he can't control with all natural materials.

  • He uses diatomaceous earth in interior wall cavities for yellow jackets.

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
(718) 856-1400

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
(718) 491-4188

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.


Please email me with additional listings.

Branin, Ivy, N.D.
Simplicity Health Associates

17 West Poplar Ave
Linwood, New Jersey 08221
(646) 502-9127

- 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
(201) 494-2535

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
  • Naturopathic Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist
  • Hypnosis, Biofeedback Counselor
  • Mind-Body Medicine

Gero, Glenn B., ND
256 Colfax Avenue
Clifton, N.J.
m.973-809-1609? 0619?
  • Office is closed Tuesdays.
  • Receptionist: Cathy.
  • Unanswered calls to the office route to his house.
  • Everything in the $150 visit is in the $350 visit.
  • He states that his website line "I may perform several additional tests, some of which may include…" pertains to the first and second visit.
  • As of May 2012, his house call fee is the same as his office visit fee, $75 - $125, depending on what he has to do.

Konior, Wojciech
Naturopath, ND, CNS
Natural Medicine Center

517 River Drive
Garfield, New Jersey 07026
(973) 433-5378 00
  • His English apparently isn't the best.

Kuzniar, Leat, HBSc ND
366 Passaic Ave
Nutley, NJ, 07110
  • Impressive site and practitioner.
  • Though she seemed to have ignored my email after communicating with me via email once or twice.

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.

Pennesi, Luanne
Metropolitan Wellness

  • Official Site of Luanne Pennesi, RN, PLLC.

  • Longtime health and nutrition guru Gary Null asserts that he has developed a successful anti-Alzheimer's protocol. He states that it is individuated and implemented by Ms. Pennesi.

Roberts, Kathia, Dr.
Seasonal Health Wellness Center and Apothecary

117 Washington Street
2nd Floor
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
  • Unusual practitioner.

  • This doc is a babe!


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