Published in the March 29, 2017 edition

LYNNFIELD — Spring has finally arrived and our thoughts naturally turn to our outdoor activities in our backyards, gardens and lawns.

The Lynnfield Conservation Commission and the Pesticide Awareness Committee are proudly co-sponsoring a free workshop entitled: “Secrets to a Healthy Lawn” scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s meeting room at Town Hall, 55 Summer St.

Professional horticulturist Chip Osborne, co-founder of the “Living Lawn Project” in Marblehead, and owner of Osborne’s Organics LLC, has over 15 years of experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through organic turf management as well as 35 years’ experience as a professional horticulturist.

Osborne’s personal experience with conventional pesticides led him to realize their risks, so he shifted to a safer, natural approach. Under his guidance, Marblehead’s lush organic playing fields have become the standard. Osborne speaks to groups nationwide and consults with organizations ranging from the National Parks Department to local school districts.

The seminar will provide safe and simple, step-by-step alternatives to the traditional chemical approach to lawn and garden maintenance. Topics to be covered include: soil testing, re-seeding, organic fertilizers, natural pest and weed control techniques and organic lawn care.

 Do-it-yourselfers and homeowners who want to inform their landscapers of these techniques will come away with clear, concise guidance. Handouts will be available on organic pest management methods, health risks associated with pesticides, organic lawn care professionals, and guidance on hiring a lawn care professional.

All are invited to attend this interesting and informative evening. For those unable to attend, copies of the materials shared may be available in the Conservation Commission office at Town Hall. Those who have any questions in advance may contact Patty Fabbri at 781-334-6774 or Conservation Administrator Betty Adelson at 781-334-9495.