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Pearl’s Premium

An Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed That Could Make You Healthier

By Steve Henricksen

home-garden-pearle28099s-premiu-copySo the snow has finally melted after a long winter ~ and what’s underneath?  A brown lawn.  So what do you do about it without sacrificing all your spare time, risking your health, breaking the bank, polluting the environment, and depleting the local water supply?

A breakthrough in sustainable grass seed is saving home owners money on watering, mowing and fertilizing, at the same time preserving drinking water supplies and protecting consumers from the health risks of lawn care chemicals ~ including sexual dysfunction and cancer ~ and preventing irrigation waste.

Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed is the result of eight years of research and development by scientist and environmental expert Jackson Madnick, who said Pearl’s Premium grows at one quarter the rate of blue grass, requiring mowing only once a month rather than once a week.  With 12-inch roots capturing moisture, Pearl’s Premium needs no chemical fertilizer, rarely needs water once established, and looks like a lush green lawn year ’round.

If you decide to install a new lower maintenance lawn rather than “fixing” your existing lawn, Madnick advises to cut the grass very short, overseed with Pearl’s Premium, use organic fertilizer (optional), and water only until the lawn is established.  Replacing your lawn with his seed will save you a dramatic amount of time, water and money.

Madnick, founder and developer of Pearl’s Premium, said that many lawns now have circles of dead grass from snow mold, the result of “a perfect storm” of excess snow early and throughout the winter, lack of oxygen, and a dry summer.

Check whether your snow mold is pink or gray, because gray snow mold rarely damages more than the blades of the grass, according to Madnick.  Lawns with gray snow mold should recover quickly even when damage appears extensive.  Pink snow mold, on the other hand, may invade the crowns and roots, causing more serious injury to the grass.  It is not unusual for both types of snow mold to be found in the same area.  All common lawn grasses may be infected, but Kentucky bluegrass and fescue lawn seed (in the Pearl’s Premium Sun mix) are the least susceptible to severe damage.

America’s 100 million residential and commercial lawns with conventional seed cost $40 billion annually to maintain and use between 30% and 60% of the summer drinking water supply, according to the EPA.  Water shortages from your neighbor’s lawn care lead to increased water prices, water bans, and enforced conservation.  Given our climate here in Central MA, Pearl’s will seldom need water once it’s established.

“Pearl’s Premium is an environment and economic game changer,” said Madnick.  “Numerous scientific studies have linked lawn care chemicals with health risks, and lawn irrigation waste is a major drain on U.S. drinking water supplies. I developed Pearl’s Premium to help make American lawns environmentally sustainable.  In the process, we found out that we could also save lawn owners a lot of time and money by nearly eliminating the maintenance of frequent watering, mowing and fertilizing,” he said.

Pearl’s Premium substantially reduces our carbon footprint.  Running a typical lawn mower for an hour is 43 times more polluting than running a modern car for an hour, because lawn mowers have no catalytic converters and other pollution controls.  In addition, producing commercial fertilizers from petroleum is energy intensive and expensive. Pearl’s Premium is transforming the lawns of homes, office and commercial buildings, public parks, golf courses, airports, college campuses, cemeteries, and roadways.  More than 5,000 people in North America have already grown Pearl’s Premium lawns.

Health Magazine stated that a chemically-maintained lawn is the single most toxic thing inside or outside your home,” Madnick said.  “Most lawn care chemicals run off lawns with the rain and into storm drains, and end up in the watershed or local ponds.”

Use of pesticides and fertilizer contributes significantly to contamination of our drinking water, increasing health risks to children, pets, and the elderly.  Madnick’s cat frequented a neighbor’s chemically treated lawn and died of cancer.  According to Hopkinton, MA veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman, only 5% of dogs got cancer 50 years ago.  Today, more than 46% of dogs get cancer, and evidence suggests that this alarming rate is caused by the widespread use of lawn care fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

These chemicals also get carried into homes on shoes, paws, and air currents, lingering on carpets, dust, toys and in the air we breathe.  While the chemicals normally break down outside over time with sunlight, they persist indoors for months and are responsible for increased risk in adults for asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and many kinds of cancer.

The grass seed is available on line at PearlsPremium.com or Home Depot.com and (after April 1) you can walk up and buy it in the floral section at Whole Foods (super) Markets.  The company is headquartered in Wayland, MA.

Photo: Jackson Madnick and his dog Zoe

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