Guide to Environmentally Friendly Pesticide Use

cartoon exterminatorEven if you don’t align yourself with the so-called tree huggers, earth lovers, green activists, or environmentalists of the world, being conscious of the environment, at least the immediate environment around you in your lawn, your neighborhood, your town has many benefits. Pesticides can ruin the fragile ecosystem that exists just in your lawn. The toxins affect many aspects, not just the pests you want to be rid of. It intoxicates the soils, surrounding plants, water, and beneficial organisms that live in your lawn that protect and nourish your grass. By weakening your lawn or garden in this way, you are actually increasing the chance and ease at which it can be infested again, calling for perhaps more or stronger insecticides, falling into this dangerous and damaging vicious cycle. Many pest infestations can be treated without the use of chemicals, but if you feel like you must use a pesticide, follow practices that have the least harmful effects on the rest of your lawn.

Environmentally Considerate Choices

  • Start off with the least toxic or concentrated pesticide.

  • Always follow the instructions on the label of the pesticide.

  • Stay away from broad-spectrum pesticides.

  • Only apply pesticide on the plants that are specified on the label.

  • Avoid systemic pesticides, as they are absorbed by plants.

  • Don’t overuse chemicals. Most pests have very short generation cycles and can quickly become resistant to pesticides.

  • Consider taking leftover or unwanted pesticides to a hazardous waste facility. This better protects the environment, although throwing them away in the trash at home is allowed.


Both infestations and misuse of chemicals can severely damage one’s lawn. However, working to improve the health of your grass and garden will, indeed, make the grass greener on your side. If you’re looking for a new start, shop our online store or contact The Grass outlet today; we are happy to answer any of your questions and discuss your options.



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