Work Shop Given on Lawn Care Health Hazards EAST LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS (WWLP) - The nice green lawn you have may be impacting your health. Wednesday night in East Longmeadow, the Department of Environmental protection held a workshop to inform homeowners on how to grow a healthy lawn. Environmental experts say some of the chemicals and pesticides used on lawns to keep them green and weed free have been found to have serious health risks. Its important to your health, yourself, your children, and pets. There's been a lot of information about increase child illnesses and development disorders A lot of evidences link them to a lot of pesticides and stuff that we use on our yard," said recycling consultant Arlene Miller. The D.E.P says people should use as little pesticide as possible. They suggest when you have weeds: pull then out instead of killing them. Homemade Lawn Tonic: 1 can of soda (not diet), 1 can of beer (not light), ½ cup of liquid dishwashing soap, ½ cup of mouthwash, ½ cup of household ammonia. Mix together in a 10-gallon hose-end sprayer. Apply every 3 weeks. Mow lawn late in the evening and apply lawn tonic immediately thereafter.