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Metro’s Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide is now a searchable interactive directory, too. Discover the least hazardous products and practices for a healthy, productive garden and a safer yard.
Got pesky slugs? Leaf blight? Weeds? Time to take them on without toxic chemicals. Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides can harm people and pets and pollute the environment. From planting pest-resistant native plants to choosing natural compost over synthetic fertilizers, organic gardening helps keep toxics out of waterways and soil and off plants and lawns, creating more livable neighborhoods. By gardening with nature and reducing reliance on harmful chemicals, it’s easier to conserve water, attract beneficial wildlife and keep a kid-friendly yard.
Grow smart, grow safe, published in partnership with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Wash., takes the guesswork out of nontoxic solutions to common garden problems. The sixth edition and its new online interactive version ranks hundreds of fertilizers, pesticides and soil amendments to help home gardeners, urban farmers and professional landscapers find lawn and garden products least hazardous to people, pets, wildlife and waterways. In addition, regional experts share tips on simply and safely making the most out of your garden and soil.
Using safer alternatives to toxic chemicals makes a difference in the garden:
Get started on safer alternatives today with Metro’s limited-time natural gardening coupon for discounts on compost, native plants and hand-weeding tools at more than 30 Portland metropolitan area retailers. Get the coupon
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