From chairman of the Lawn Association

David Hedges-Gower, chairman of the Lawn Association and an expert on sustainable lawn care, has made an appeal for a nationwide ban on all pesticides used in lawn maintenance.

David proposes an initial restriction within the retail sector, with the ultimate aim, he says, of implementing a comprehensive ban across the entirety of the country.
In his statement, David raised concerns about the harmful effects of pesticides commonly sold in garden centres, arguing that they often fail to deliver on their promises and are frequently misused or overused due to their weakened potency. He further criticized the excessive reliance on herbicides within the UK's lawn care industry, attributing this to misinformation surrounding the selection of cattle feed grass species.
Drawing attention to the natural growth patterns of grass, David explained that native grasses spread horizontally, effectively filling in gaps and resisting weed intrusion. However, he lamented that the promotion of vertically growing grass species such as ryegrass since the 1990s has led to widespread failures, leaving lawns vulnerable to weed infestation.
In contrast, David highlighted the success of golf courses and natural countryside landscapes, which thrive without extensive weed control measures by utilising grass species that are well-suited to their environments.
The Lawn Association, an educational platform, say they aim to debunk prevalent myths surrounding lawn care while advocating for environmentally responsible practices. David emphasised, "There is simply no justification for the use of pesticides in the vast majority of gardens. Implementing a nationwide ban would address numerous environmental concerns associated with their indiscriminate application."

In conclusion, David reaffirmed, "Lawns are intended to be natural and vibrant expressions of our environment. Through proper plant selection and maintenance practices, we can achieve healthy, pesticide-free lawns throughout the UK."

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