The following fact sheets provide more information, tips, and alternatives on how you can #bepesticidefree here in Saskatchewan. Learn more on how you can reduce your family’s exposure to pesticides by clicking on the following links or photographs.
Lawn pesticides, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and rodenticides, do not prevent pest problems. Pesticides are designed to be toxic to pests and therefore can have negative health consequences on our children, our pets and ourselves. Studies have found links to cancer, reproductive problems and neurological diseases. Find out how to reduce your exposure to lawn and garden pesticides.
Pets have a higher risk of being exposed to lawn and garden pesticides because they are closer to the ground and very likely to lick or chew things, such as toys, that are contaminated. Remember that pets who come into contact with pesticides can increase the presence of pesticides in your home. Make sure to to ask questions and be aware of when pesticides are being applied in your neighbourhood and where you walk your pet.
Dandelions are part of our natural environment and the largest common complaint among home owners and gardeners. Dandelions indicate compacted soil, an excess in potassium and a deficiency in calcium. Maintain a thick, healthy lawn to compete and win the fight against dandelions and weeds. The most effective way to prevent dandelions is to remove them by hand, spot treat with a 5-10% solution of vinegar or with boiling water.
Need help planning? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has a quick calender to help you ensure that your lawn, garden and shrubs look great without using pesticides.
A healthy lawn is a great place to relax and enjoy. Take pride in your lawn that was accomplished naturally. Always remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Want to reduce the weeds in your garden? Use cultivation, canopy shading and mulching to keep weeds out of your garden. Also consider companion planting, that is planting two different but complementary species together to help repel pests and improve soil fertility. Remember, companion planting can repel insects and even other plants.
Ants are beneficial in the garden as soil tillers and aerators. Ants feed off of aphids and farm their honeydew excretions. Aphids are small soft-bodied insects that are know to be extremely destructive. Ants and aphids should be controlled at the same time.
Learn the tactics you need to defeat the problem pests found in your lawn and garden. Find out more about aphids, cabbage worms, slugs, leaf rollers, apple maggots, and ants.
This invasive species has no natural predators – that’s where you come in! Bellflower is extremely hearty and has the ability to reproduce in a variety of ways; the average bellflower can produce 3,000 to 15,000 seeds annually. Learn how to identify and prevent rover bellflower from taking over your lawn and garden.
Creeping charlie is considered an aggressive weed because of its ability to take over lawns. It thrives in heavy, rich soils with good fertility, high moisture and low boron content. Prevention is the best cure, find out how to identify creeping charlie in your lawn and to manage it without using pesticides.
These rings of mushrooms can cause big circles of dead or dry grass. Fungicides will not work to kill the mycelium in a fairy ring. This means that not only are pesticide-free ways a safer alternative, but they are the only effective way to control fairy rings. Find out how to prevent and deal with this pest.
Wasps can be on your side. Consider that they eat lots of other pests, are pollinators, and therefore play an important role in our ecosystem. Learn how to make your own wasp trap and draw them away from areas like your patio.
Keep your trees healthy to minimize damage, by pruning, removing dead branches and remembering to water during dry periods. Remember, a healthy tree can withstand a certain level of defoliation. Take action and band your trees in spring (March) and fall (September) to prevent females from climbing the tree and laying eggs. Find out how to create tree bands by visiting our factsheet.
Chickweed will invade any open area – especially between plants like lettuce. Chickweed prefers cool, moist, shaded areas, but will grow in direct sunlight. For quackgrass, digging is the key to eradicate this weed from your lawn and garden. Be careful when you dig up this plant because even a small root system left behind will grow new plants.
Print off this brochure to hand out in your community for information on how to deal with ants and dandelions using pesticide free alternatives.
Find out how to make low risk pest controls. Watch this two minute video to find out how boiling water, garlic, cayenne pepper, tobasco sauce, vinegar, salt, and dish soap can be used to to create low risk alternatives to pesticides.