We encourage city residents to help reduce the amount of chemical pesticides and fertilizer they use.
Take the Pesticide Free SLC pledge to receive a yard sign. Explore further resources by clicking on the images at the bottom of the screen.
As part of the Healthy Babies Bright Futures initiative, Salt Lake City is working to reduce exposures to harmful chemicals—many of which we unknowingly come in contact with on a daily basis. A common source of harmful chemical exposure is through pesticides (including herbicides, rodenticide, insecticide, and fungicide) and lawn fertilizer use. Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Department partnered with Beyond Pesticides to create a public resource guide for a less toxic approach to pest management and lawn care.
Why be pesticide free?
Almost everyone wants a lush, green lawn and an attractive, pest-free garden. Unfortunately, in order to achieve this goal many people resort to using harsh chemical fertilizers and pesticides. While these products are effective in accomplishing their purposes, they are not without impact.
Most fertilizers and pesticides currently on the market are made with harmful chemicals that, even when used properly, affect not only human health, but the health of our environment.
Luckily, there are great cost-effective and proven natural alternatives that can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful yard without chemicals.
Salt Lake City’s Efforts
Salt Lake City uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for land care on the majority of its parks. (See SLC’s Noxious and Invasive Management Plan here).
However, under the Pesticide Free initiative, Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands is piloting organic land care methods at several parks.
In 2017, Salt Lake City began testing organic management methods at Laird and Madsen parks.
In 2019, Public Lands began testing organic methods at two fields at the Regional Athletic Complex and one field at Westpointe Park.
The pilot is expected to be complete in 2021.
Results: Please read more on our pilot page to learn about the status and future of Salt Lake City turf management practices.