Leslie Inman signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-04-24 17:57:31 -0700There’s nothing wrong with dandelions, clover and violets! Let the grass companions grow. We need to educate the public about the dangers of the chemicals that are being used to get that golf course look. That ‘perfect lawn’ looks perfectly toxic to me now that I know about the 2,4-D, the MCPP, the Dicamba, Prodiamine and all the many toxins that are applied to grass by conventional landscapers. Then, of course, a lot of glyphosate or RoundUp is sprayed all around the mulched areas and hardscapes of an unnatural and overly manicured landscape. Many towns and cities are working to keep these needless toxins off our grass. The are unnecessary, dangerous and when it rains… they all end up in our water. THANK YOU for your good sense in choosing safer measures. Harvard University has had organic landscaping for 10 years! France has recently banned cosmetic lawn chemicals. Parts of Canada sensibly banned them years ago. We can all work to make our environment better in our residential landscapes as well, if we make better choices, we will have healthier families, pets and a healthier planet.
(photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)
Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!
You can send your own thank you note to the following address:
Brent Chapman and Staff
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
PO Box 41401
Olympia, WA 98504-1401
Thank you, groundskeepers!
In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!
Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.431 signatures
The Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!
We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.
Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.
Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!