Pesticide Reduction

Decreasing and eventually eliminating the use of pesticides is essential for pollinators, birds, other wildlife, and for our own health and well-being. Our program is designed to help you go chemical-free.

Grow Smart Grow Safe & other garden product hazard level guides

  • Grow Smart Grow Safewebsite that Backyard Habitat references in our certification criteria that helps you select methods and products that are less toxic.
  • Grow Smart Grow Safe handouthandout to help you use the Grow Smart Grow Safe website.
  • Xerces’ Searchable Systemic Insecticides Reference – website by the Xerces Society that lists dozens of insecticides currently registered in the U.S. that are designed to permeate plants from within.
  • Common Pesticide Hazard Levelsreference guide by OSU Extension and Metro that uses red/yellow/green hazard ranking (similar to Grow Smart Grow Safe) for most common yard and garden products.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Healthy Lawn Care Guides & Pledges