How can I reduce the need to use pesticides on my lawn and protect my child?
- Grow plant varieties that grow well in the area. A county extension agent or nursery personnel may have advice.
- Time the watering and fertilizing of the plants according to their needs.
- Follow recommendations given for mowing grass and pruning plants.
- Decide what degree of damage from weeds, insects, and diseases can be tolerated, and do not take control measures unless that degree is exceeded.
- Consider nonchemical options first when controls are needed. For example, determine whether weeds can be removed by hoeing or pulling.
Source: Pediatric Environmental Health, 3rd Edition (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2011)