We are committed to working toward a healthier environment by encouraging residents in the Capital Region to practice some of simple steps that reduce the need for pesticides in their lawn care. The City of Edmonton, the City of Leduc, the City of St. Albert and Strathcona County are pleased to partner to bring you these Good Growing tips for a healthier environment.
Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides may help in the short term, but using alternative methods is a better choice for a long term, healthy environment.
Putting Aside the Pesticide
The City of Edmonton follows an Integrated Pest Management Policy which considers alternatives to pesticide use such as:
- Improving plant health care by watering and fertilizing before using pesticides
- Having a higher tolerance for broadleaf weeds
- Designating herbicide-free parks across the city
- Implementing no-spray buffer zones around daycares and playgrounds
- Treating school parks when school is out
- Creating pesticide exemption programs
What You Can Do
The fewer pesticides used will reduce the amount of unwanted chemicals in our water treatment system, resulting in a cleaner river for everyone to enjoy. You can reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your yard and help work toward a healthier environment by:
- Following instructions to avoid repeat treatments
- Only treating problem areas
Did You Know?
Healthy, well-maintained lawns are less likely to have weed problems and need little or no pesticides. The City of Edmonton is committed to working toward a healthier environment and since 1999 has reduced its use of pesticides by 78%.