Learn the differences between synthetic and organic chemicals.
There’s a popular and potentially dangerous misconception within the world of gardening, and it has to do with chemicals, says Gardening by the Yard host Paul James.
Millions of gardeners distinguish between synthetic and natural products by calling the former chemicals and the latter organics. The truth is they're all chemicals.
The difference is that synthetic chemicals are man-made, whereas organic chemicals are derived from natural sources. As a result, most people think that all synthetic chemicals are toxic, and all organic chemicals are safe. "But I'm here to tell you, that’s not necessarily so," he says. "And to suggest otherwise is downright ridiculous and irresponsible."
In fact, there are organic chemicals that are every bit as dangerous as synthetic chemicals, yet people who use them assume – often incorrectly – that because something is labeled organic it must therefore be safe.
Here are Paul's tips for using chemicals of all kinds safely:
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