Resources for Course Providers & Businesses
The resources on this page are intended to help you select products and materials that comply with Be Green Organic Yards NY conditions, and link to sources of information that will help with general practices. This is not an exhaustive list. These references to resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any product, material, or business by NYSDEC.
Note: All the links on this page leave the DEC website
Minimum Risk Pesticides under FIFRA Section 25(b)
The Be Green Organic Yards NY program allows for the use of minimum risk pesticides.
Products conforming to National Organic Program Standards
Products and materials (such as seeds, pest management tools, and fertilizers) that conform to the federal National Organic Program's standards can be found at this searchable site maintained by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Downloadable copies of the lists are also available on this page:
Seed and Stock Sources
Genetically Modified Organisms
No genetically modified (GMO) turf or ornamental species are currently available commercially, although petitions are pending for one rose variety and one species of creeping bentgrass. If you have questions about whether a turf or ornamental species is genetically modified, check the following websites:
Identifying Invasive Species
The Office of Invasive Species Coordination at NYSDEC has drafted an interim list of invasive species in New York State. While not all of these are relevant to the yard setting, please consult this list if you are unsure whether a species you are considering planting is invasive.