Are your lawn and garden hurting the environment?

Are your lawn and garden hurting the environment?

An increasing number of scientists and experts are concerned that many lawn care and landscaping-related decisions people in the U.S. are accustomed to may have unintended consequences for the environment. Mieum Media interviews local expert Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, who owns an organic garden center in southern Connecticut, to find out more.


Extended interview with Nancy DuBrule-Clemente:


Citations:

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#26: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist. 

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