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Take the healthy lawn and garden pledge

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Grow a garden that's beautiful, abundant, and safe for children, pets, forests and streams. Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service provide free expert advice, workshops at learning gardens, videos, guides and more.

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Garden chemicals can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and waterways. The good news is there are many surprisingly easy ways to care for your lawn and garden that avoid putting your family and neighbors at risk.

Pledge to eliminate pesticides like "weed and feed" on your lawn and yard and receive a free yard sign in honor of your commitment. The yard sign lets your neighbors know that your yard is healthy and safe.

If a pledge to eliminate is too big a step to take right away, pledge to reduce pesticides on your lawn instead.

Ready to take the pledge? Your family, pets, and neighbors thank you!

Pledge now

Please note this pledge is available only to residents of the Portland metropolitan region in Oregon. If you live outside the region you can purchase a sign through Pesticide Free Zone, Inc. (see related links below).

Go non-toxic

  1. Use compost and mulch to foster fertile soil.
  2. Plant smart by choosing native plants and giving them the proper care.
  3. Grow habitat that supports pest-eating songbirds and ladybugs.
  4. Use tools not toxics. Pull weeds and squish pest insects instead of spraying.

Grow smart, grow safe

You want to protect your plants from bugs, weeds and diseases. But be sure to protect your family and your pets, too. Most pesticides can be hazardous – even organic ones. If you’re considering using a pesticide, choose the lowest-hazard option that will get the job done by asking an OSU Master Gardener (see below) or searching the online database at www.GrowSmartGrowSafe.org.

Take the pledge now!

And remember, expert gardening advice is just a click or a phone call away.

About the lawn signs

"Pesticide Free Zone" signs and magnets are available only to pledge-taking residents of the 25 cities Metro includes (one pledge per household, while supplies last).

The eight-inch diameter aluminum signs have two mounting holes that allow them to be attached to a stake, fence, or wall or hung from a wire.

If you live in the state of Washington, you can get a sign through the Washington Toxics Coalition. Learn more

If you live outside the program area and Washington and would like to purchase a sign, you can do so through The National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns. Learn more

need assistance?

Natural gardening advice from OSU Master Gardeners™

Clackamas County, 503-655-8631
Multnomah County, 503-445-4608
Washington County, 503-821-1150

Program information and pesticide disposal from Metro

Metro Recycling Information
503-234-3000
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Related Internet links

Natural gardening newsletter
2014 natural gardening coupon

Natural gardening videos

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