Alternatives to Pesticides
It's Easy to Go Pesticide Free!
Across Canada, citizens are taking action to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in their communities, especially for what is sometimes called the "non-essential" or "cosmetic" control of pests on lawns and gardens.
There is a need to err on the side of caution when it comes to the use of pesticides in urban communities. There is uncertainty on the health and safety risks of low-level pesticide exposure, especially in children. Pesticides also pose risks to the environment including plants and animals.
Five Steps to a Healthy Lawn
- Mow on a high setting
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn
- Water wisely - only 1" (2.5 cm) per week
- Aerate and de-thatch as needed
- Take leftover pesticides to an authorized dealer
Gardening without Pesticides
There are many natual ways of dealing with pests. Read more
Healthy plants don't need pesticides!
Have a look at our organic lawn and garden fact sheets. Read more
Read our Healthy Garden Guide for more information on an assortment of pest problems and pesticide-free solutions.
Why go pesticide free?
There may be risks associated with the use of pesticides. Read more
Pesticide and pesticide containers are one type of household hazardous waste. Find out how you can safely dispose of these items to protect your family's health and the environment.
© Bottom image courtesy of Minette Layne