Be Green in the Great Lakes Project
Be Green in the Great Lakes
Sodus Point, NY Lighthouse
This is a project conducted by DEC's Division of Materials Management. Under this project, outreach and education is provided on options to conventional synthetic pesticides and fertilizers for maintaining lawns, gardens, trees, and shrubs. The project focus is the public and land care businesses in the 33-county NYS Great Lakes basin, but the outreach information can be useful for everyone. The project is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Four free full-day workshops were recently held during August in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown on options to conventional pesticides for controlling weeds and insects. Nearly 200 people were in attendance and there has been positive feedback. Some topics covered were:
- Appropriate plant selection and planting techniques for light, water, and soil conditions
- Mechanical and cultural pest management practices
- Organic pest management and lawn care
For more information on these topics, see the links at the bottom of the page for tips and resources.
Land Care and Pest Management Practices Brochure
DEC's Land Care and Pest Management Practices brochure (PDF) (539 KB) contains useful tips on maintaining a sustainable landscape and preventing and managing outdoor pests. The tips introduce non-chemical management practices, which are part of preventing pollution in the Great Lakes and other water resources.
To request copies of the brochure, contact the Division of Materials Management at BGGL@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 518-402-8652.
Be Green Great Lakes Survey
How did you care for your lawn and foliage or manage outdoor pests this past year? Results will be posted soon for DEC's recent Be Green Great Lakes Survey. Through the survey, DEC collected feedback from New Yorkers who maintain lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens and manage pests that may invade them.
Bookmark this page and return to find more information on the Be Green Great Lakes Project:
- Tips and resources on alternative and organic lawn care and pest management
More about Alternatives to Conventional Pesticides and Fertilizers
The links below provide information and tips on alternatives to conventional synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
- Green Lawns and Gardens Tips - Tips on how to maintain a lawn and garden without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides
- Green Lawns and Gardens Resources - Links to additional information from other state government and non-profit sites on alternative lawn and landscape care
- Be Green Organic Yards NY - See a list of organic land care providers who participate in the Be Green Organic Yards NY initiative. Learn about how trainers and businesses can participate in the DEC organic yards initiative
- The new Nutrient Runoff Law prohibits, in most cases, the use of phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizers
More about Be Green in the Great Lakes Project:
- Pest Management and Yard Care Tips - Learn about simple things you can do to protect water quality, improve soil and plant health, and use fertilizers and pesticides safely.