Regarding chemical free parks (Herald, Aug. 4), there are varying views, and you can guess which side we fall on as owners of Scotts Pro-Lawn.
Katrina Blair continues her inaccurate claims that herbicides damage root systems and soil. She previously made the wild claim that they sterilize the soil. That is certainly not the case with our chosen set of products, or wed be out of business.
Instead, our customers have strong root systems, fertile soil and healthy lawns.
Blair claims weed control diminishes biodiversity. Yes, our objective when spraying fertilizer and weed control is to remove a diverse set of plants weeds and leave a healthy stand of turf. We do not diminish anything but the target weed in the target area.
Previously, Blair used this argument to imply that our product harms something besides the target weeds. Wheres the proof?
The most egregious scare tactic used by Blair is that our product harms children. In 20 years of business, we have never heard of a single medical case in La Plata County involving our products where a child has been hurt. Is she speaking about some chemical that now is out of use or being used by an untrained, uncertified unprofessional?
When evaluating a product, go directly to the company that uses it day in and day out, is trained and certified, knows how to read the label and completely understands the product. Ask as many questions as you need to, and dont take the word of someone who has no working knowledge of the actual product being used. Beware of uneducated scare tactics.
We are a responsible family with two healthy children, and we work hard for the city. If you look around at the parks we treat, youll see vibrant turf that stands up to rigorous traffic. We agree with the aeration, mowing and watering practices of the city and see our role as helping to maximize those practices with the least amount of weed killer possible while fertilizing the lawns.
Cece and Scott Sallee, Durango