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Pesticides

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of inactive and active ingredients used to prevent, repel, or kill an organism that we consider undesirable. They are poisons used to target plants, insects, rodents, disease and fungi. The amount and variety of pesticides used today is 600% more than what we used ten years ago. Yet the pesticides we use still have components that were first developed for chemical warfare in World War Two and Vietnam.

Enormous amounts of pesticides are used on lawns in an attempt to maintain the monoculture environment promoted by the pesticide industry. Canadians believe that their lawns have to be perfect and that pesticide application is the only means of reaching that perfection. Two-thirds of Canadians use pesticides on their lawns, spreading over 1.3 million kilograms, amounting to over 21 million dollars in sales per year in the urban sector alone.

What Are Pesticides?

What Are Pesticides?
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of inactive and active ingredients used to prevent, repel, or kill an organism that we consider …

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Pesticides and Your Pets

Pesticides and Your Pets
Pesticides frequently poison pets, either from accidental exposure to recently sprayed lawns or from improper use of chemical flea control.
For a Variety …

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Pesticide Free Lawns

Pesticide Free Lawns
The calibre of your lawn cannot be judged by what you see, but what you don’t. The lifeblood of a lush green lawn …

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Pest Problem? No Problem

Pest Problem? No Problem:
Pesticides are a quick fix. In the long run, you will still be faced with the same problems that faced you before …

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Local Retailers Helping Out

Local Retailers That are Helping TREA Promote a Pesticide-Free Lifestyle

The City of London has a complete plan for community Plant Health Care and Integrated Pest …

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Lawn Ecology

Lawn Ecology
The calibre of your lawn is not the plants and grass that you see. The lifeblood of a lush green lawn is the soil …

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Lawn and Garden Care Links

The following is a collection of links about taking care of your lawn properly, as well as tips and tricks for growing that garden you’ve …

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Lawn and Garden Biology

Lawn and Garden Biology
Your lawn and garden need more than just nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to sustain a beautiful appearance. People need more than just …

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Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources
Bibliography
Bug Busters: Poison-Free Pest Controls for Your House and Garden. Lifton, Bernice. 1991. Garden City Park, New York: Avery Publishing Group.

Building a Healthy Lawn: …

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Get Involved

Get Involved
You are proud of your new pesticide-free lifestyle. But the fact that your neighbours and friends still use them disturbs you. This fact sheet …

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Fight Pests Naturally and Save Money

Fight Pests Naturally and Save Money
Garden pests can be a nuisance and reduce crop yields. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chemical-intensive practices, which result …

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts
Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects that have long antennae and a characteristic pair of cornicles (short tubes extending on either side of their …

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Compost – Nature’s Fertilizer

Compost – Nature’s Fertilizer
Compost is a natural soil conditioner and a great source of nutrients. Through the natural breakdown of organic material, composting can reduce …

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Choosing Grass Seed

Choosing Grass Seed
Lawns in Canada consist mostly of cold weather grasses that have their main growth periods in the spring and fall. There are a …

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