When many people imagine their backyard, they picture the turf between their property lines. At Sunday, we look at every lawn as a piece of the existing ecosystem. From the ants in your soil and birds in your trees to the bees that visit your flowers and weeds, every living part of your backyard is working to grow a healthier world. One of the most important parts of every yard is pollinator habitat. That’s why we work to help you grow a better backyard that can support life far beyond your fence.
At Sunday, better lawn care means more than just greener grass. It means building a sustainable yard ecosystem. Pollinators are a crucial part of our environment. They are responsible for pollinating over 80% of all flowering and fruiting plants globally. Pollinators are also responsible for nearly 1 in 3 bites of food we eat. No pollinators mean no plants. No plants means no food.
In addition to the food production services pollinators provide, they also support the global economy, adding over 200 billion dollars worldwide through ecosystem function and agricultural productivity. Beyond these practical benefits they provide to all of us, they are also incredible, awe-inspiring creatures to observe and learn from.
We’re committed to increasing diversity right in your own backyard. From providing diverse blends of grass seed to considering not all weeds are bad, we’re working to grow better lawns (and yards) for the planet and for pollinators. This is all a part of our holistic view that your yard is a living piece of the global ecosystem.
It all starts with our approach to building a holistic lawn ecosystem. We select ingredients carefully, choosing ones that work best with nature to help you grow a strong, lush lawn that will naturally defend itself against weeds, disease, and other pests. As we grow, we will continue to consider our environmental impact when we create products. More importantly, we will do our best to help people use them in the safest way for people, pollinators and the planet.
Every product we create follows three main principles – lower environmental impact, lower toxicity, and better results. Our goal is to empower you with DIY lawn care products and pest solutions that are easy, better and more environmentally conscious. From developing our Smart Lawn Care system to our Smart Pest Plan, environmental stewardship is something we take very seriously. We will always prioritize using the least persistent, naturally derived ingredients, and products that will help you maintain your home with a more thoughtful approach.
The most important thing we can do for pollinators is limit the use of harsh pesticides. That’s why we always promote preventative, non-chemical practices first. Using our Integrated Pest Management (IPM), many pest, weed and lawn care issues can be solved without introducing harsh chemicals. But if a little extra help is in order, we provide the least-toxic, least-persistent product options along with targeted application and disposal instructions. Our goal is to grow beautiful lawns and protect pollinators by limiting pesticides and growing more responsibly.
In addition to creating the best products and having the lowest environmental impact we can, we are also dedicated to increasing pollinator habitat. We love grass but everyone benefits when our yards have more diversity. We provide how-to guides on planting everything from veggies and herbs to native plants and trees. Plus we share free regional wildflower seeds in every Smart Lawn Plan, so you can grow your own pollinator habitat.
Beyond the positive impact your healthy lawn can have on the environment, every Sunday Smart Lawn Plan helps support nonprofits that are working to protect and preserve important habitats for pollinators. Through our 1% for the planet pledge, we donate a portion of every sale to 1% For the Planet partners like the Xerces Society, People and Pollinator Action Network, National Audubon Society, and The Nature Conservancy.
Practice pollinator protection. We can all play a part in protecting the pollinators in our own backyard. Even if you aren’t able to maintain wild habitat, your lawn can. To boost pollinator habitat, you can mow less inopportune times for early season pollinators, plant bulbs or clover, and keep some weeds to benefit pollinators. These are all ways you can do more to protect our pollinators.
If you utilize Sunday Products, it is important to use products appropriately. Be sure to always read and follow the label (it’s a legal document) and follow Sunday instructions. We can protect pollinators when we apply barrier and targeted treatments, as directed, instead of blanket applications and the spray-and-pray method. Together we can grow better backyards that continue to pollinate the world.
Pollination and Pollinators. Penn State University Extension.
Creating Pollinator Habitat. Colorado State University Extension.
Protecting Pollinators. UGA Cooperative Extension.
Pollinators: Threats to Pollinators. US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Major Threats to Pollinators – Project Dragonfly. Miami University.