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Homeowner's Guide to Alternative Pesticide Management for the Lawn and Garden

A pest-free lawn and garden may sound ideal, but is it really? Maintaining the perfect urban landscape may result in a reliance on pesticides that can lead to environmental and human health problems.

Many homeowners are looking for alternative ways to control pests in gardens and landscapes.

Fortunately, there are many biological processes that work to keep pests in a natural balance. The ‘ideal’ garden is one with vigorous plants and protected natural enemies of certain annoying pests. The conventional approach - of applying pesticides routinely, or at the first sign of any pest - is replaced with a lower input emphasis on nature at its best.

It is not the answer to all problems every time. But when it works, it is an ideal way to address pest problems while helping protect our water supplies and environment.

The Colorado State University Extension Office has provided a handy Guide to Alternative Pesticide Management for the Lawn and Garden to help residents and businesses practice "green" weed and insect control in their own yards and gardens.