The Borough of Chatham has instituted an Organic Lawn Pilot Program. The sites of the pilot program are the Borough Hall front lawn and the lawn surrounding The Library of the Chathams.

The program uses organic fertilizer and no synthetic chemical pesticides (Pesticides include insecticides, herbicides and fungicides). If the program is successful for this growing season, the Environmental Commission will encourage the Borough Council to expand the program to include the grass on the athletic fields.

Chatham residents are encouraged to use organic lawn care methods on their lawn. The lawns can be healthier; you and your families will be healthier; the environment will be healthier and even your pets will be healthier using organic lawn products by removing the synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Additional benefits include no chemicals entering our water supply and in the long run (1-2 years) you will probably save money on lawn care costs. Lush thick lawns crowd out weeds and the healthy soil produces more nitrogen on its own reducing the amount of fertilizers required.

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The basic premise of organic lawn care is to feed your lawn natural products (as opposed to synthetic chemicals). Your lawn and lawn soil will develop more worms and soil organisms that will produce a green healthy weed-free lawn.

The basics of organic lawn care are easily found on the internet. Organic lawn care products can be found at some local garden supply stores or online. There are some landscapers in the local area offering the organic alternative.