I did a bit of research over the winter about our love of lawns and the use of chemicals on Cape Cod.

According to the Cape Cod Commission’s 2014 Cape Cod Pesticide and Fertilizer Use Inventory, nearly 6 million pounds of fertilizer and 1.3 million pounds of pesticides are applied annually. Homeowners are the largest users of both pesticides (more than 70 percent) and fertilizers. I imagine now these numbers have only increased.

Marie Chieppo is an ecological landscape designer who lives in Sagamore Beach.

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