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Pesticide Free

The District of Invermere has been a pesticide free community since May 1st, 2009. Here are some reminders and tips for creating and maintaining a healthy yard.

Eight Steps for a Healthy Lawn:

  1. Healthy lawns Need Healthy Soil
    Add natural organic matter like compost on a regular basis to condition and enrich your soil. Healthy lawns are more resistant to disease, weeds and drought damage.

  2. Choose the Right Grass
    Spread drought-tolerant grass seed liberally over your lawn in the spring and fall. Use a grass seed mixture rather than one variety. A thick lawn will crowd out weeds

  3. Keep Your Mower Blade High
    To discourage weeds, keep your lawnmower blade at a height of 7 cm (3 inches)

  4. Recycle Your Grass
    Leave your grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. This can supply up to 30% of the fertilizer needs of your lawn. It also helps to retain moisture and relieves the task of raking.

  5. Accept Some Weeds
    Some weeds are good for your lawn or garden. Allow clover in your lawn for its nitrogen-fixing magic.

  6. Let Your Lawn Breathe
    Once a year, aerate your lawn by removing small plugs of earth to allow air and water to get to the roots. A pesticide-free lawn will encourage earthworms, nature’s aerators.

  7. Water to the Roots
    To promote deep root growth, let your lawn soak up 1 inch of water once a week, early in the morning.

  8. Fertilize with Organic Fertilizer
    Once a year, in the spring or fall, use an organic fertilizer

Please also read this document on Pesticide Alternatives

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