Natural Yard Care

Think Twice Before Using Pesticides

A butterfly on a flowerWhen it comes to defeating pests and diseases in your garden, the best possible defense is an all-natural offense. Traditional pesticides are harmful to our health, especially for children and pets. Good gardening practices help plants outgrow weeds naturally and protect good bugs that eat pests. If pests do become a problem, natural pest controls are a smarter option and they are safe for people, pets and wildlife.

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How to Protect Plants Naturally

Here in Bellevue
Scientists have studied urban streams in Puget Sound, including Bellevue’s streams. Twenty-three pesticides (weed and bug killers) were detected during rainstorms. Rain also picks up fertilizer as it washes over our yards, sending untreated runoff into streams. These chemicals can poison salmon and other wildlife. Overuse of garden chemicals can also damage soil and plant health. Avoid using quick-fix chemical solutions to solve garden problems. Practice natural lawn and garden care instead.

Additional Resources
Fertilizing Guide
Pests, Weeds and Diseases Guide
Good Bug Guide
More Growing Smart Resources

Contact Information

Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-6932
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=whairfield@bellevuewa.gov


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