Toxic chemicals can impact people’s health, especially children and pregnant women. Pesticides can drift in air and water, contaminate private and public drinking-water sources, and negatively affect non-targeted plants, animals, and people.
More information for alternatives to toxics:
|Herbicides such as Roundup (Glyphosate) and 2,4-D||Manually pull weeds, wilt with boiling water or steam, or mix and spray 1 gal. vinegar, 1 cup Epsom salts, ¼ cup Dawn dish detergent directly on leaves of targeted plants. Use caution.|
|Moss in lawns||Please consider moss as an economical ground cover. To keep moss out, maintain a healthy lawn. More information: Taking Care of Your Lawn Without Using Pesticides|
|Dandelion||Please consider keeping all or some for bees and pollinators. If control is needed, see suggestions under Alternatives to Herbicides.|
|Blackberry||Use goats or cut / mow vines to the ground, dig out roots.|
|Insects||Seal cracks and holes, wipe surfaces, remove clutter. More information: Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Pests|