Remember the happy announcement last fall that SafeLawns was doing a demonstration organic lawn on the National Mall so the whole world could see how great it looked without the use of toxins and pollutants? Well, fast forward to the great unveiling – which you see in the top photo, taken in April of this year. Lush, huh?
But that was before the invasion of the Class of 2008 (from some area school, presumably one with parents influential enough to have snagged this precious site for their kids’ graduation ceremony), and you see the result in the second photo.
Here are shots of the SafeLawns test site in April of this year and again in May.
April: Thick, green and beautiful.
May: AFTER the Graduation Ceremony.
From Paul Tukey:
“Black plastic tarp was laid over the entire site, then chairs were set out and the lawn just cooked and cooked and cooked. Then, the graduation ceremony was held on which thousands of people walked, stood and sat on the black plastic tarp while the lawn continued to bake. You can see the ‘aisles’ on which the tarp was not covering the turf – still lush, green and pesticide free in May.
“We’re sending this information to the media and complaining to the local Park Service people but in the end, what a wasted opportunity to teach the public that they CAN really give up the poisons and pollutants without incurring the scorn of their neighbors.”
Wonder if SafeLawns is expected to pay for the re-planting, like they did the original planting and care. I checked their partnership agreement with the Park Service but funny thing, there’s nothing there about the Park Service’s obligations under the agreement, just what’s required of SafeLawns.