Chemical Free Lawn Care in Sleepy Hollow Parks and Developments

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We, the undersigned, are concerned community members in and around Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Through this petition we strongly urge the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Sleepy Hollow Developments and Institutions to use only natural lawn care practices, and refrain from using synthetic pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, etc.) and fertilizers in parks and landscapes on their property. This includes Phelps Hospital, Kendall on Hudson, Edge on Hudson, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and LDC for the East Parcel.

Scientific studies link lawn chemicals with adverse health outcomes such as childhood cancer; asthma; neurological, behavioral, and immune system disorders; endocrine disruption; and reproductive impairment, among others.

The Village of Sleepy Hollow and other developments in Sleepy Hollow could have a major impact on the environment and health of surrounding constituents. They also play a large role in the health of surrounding water bodies, including the Pocantico River, Fremont Pond and the Hudson River.

We ask the Village DPW and institutions property managers to use stop the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and use natural lawn care practices including:

1. Lawn Maintenance Best Practices

  • Mow grass to 3 inches high
  • When mowing grounds, leave grass clippings on lawn
  • Mulch or compost leaves and landscaping waste
  • Replace unused lawn with native plants
  • Plant rain gardens

2. Buffer Protection near Shores

  • Develop shoreline plant buffers
  • Minimize lawn size
  • Use native plants

During future developments or redesigns, especially Edge on Hudson and the East Parcel, we ask that designers use sustainable landscape including native plants and water collection techniques (ex. rain gardens and swales) to allow for beautiful landscaping without the use of chemicals and unnecessary strain on our water supply and storm management system.

Natural lawn care is safer for our community, supportive to our environment and beautiful. We understand that it requires a change in habits and planning. You have an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the health of our environment and community.  Your organization can show that you are forward thinking, sustainable and truly care about the community and the health of its constituents if you commit to and follow through with stopping the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.