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Published in partnership with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Wash., this interactive directory takes the guesswork out of nontoxic solutions to common garden problems. It 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.
Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides can harm people and pets and pollute the environment. These tips can help you reducing reliance on harmful chemicals, making it easier to conserve water, attract beneficial wildlife and keep a kid-friendly yard.
Using safer alternatives to toxic chemicals makes a difference in the garden:
- Compost and mulch build healthy soil and reduce the need for water.
- Tools and a little elbow grease can keep weeds and harmful bugs at bay without the need for toxics.
- Native plants resist many pests and diseases, reducing the risk of garden problems.
- Newer nontoxic products – iron phosphate slug bait instead of poisonous metaldehyde, for example – can tackle slugs without harmful chemicals.