Posted : 5/1/2007 11:07:06 AM
Yes, those chemicals are toxic. And you are right, they are bad for barefoot children and any other animals.
I'm so sorry for your loss! The following is for the benefit and education of the board and lurkers:
At what point is it so important to have a lawn that you put chemicals on it?
The stuff used in many, MANY lawn products is the same stuff that was used in Viet Nam, 2-4-5-T, to kill foliage in the jungle and expose the guerrilla fighters. Unfortunately it also poisoned many American soldiers too, who are still fighting for their rights to treatment from the US Government. You may remember it as Agent Orange.
The same stuff was being oversprayed in Oregon farms and homes by the paper companies who were trying to kill off the brush and non-paper trees in their many acres. NUMEROUS birth defects were sustained by Oregon women until the women and their familes banded together to get this practice stopped.
I was living in Oregon at that time and I'll see if I can come up with some links if people want to know.
Chemical companies want to sell you their goods. They sell them to cities, and the homeowner and often with little or NO oversight on how they are used.
Give the kids some small hand tools and pay them for dandelions and weeds brought in, a nickel a weed....beats chemicals.