Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 work Silent Spring brought the detrimental environmental effects of indiscriminate pesticide application to national attention. Since then, we’ve learned more about pesticides’ potential to harm human and ecological health.

CT laws against pesticide application at schools and day cares also demonstrate increased awareness of the harm excessive use of these chemicals can cause.

Residential pesticide use is of special concern to the Farmington Valley.  Pesticides can run off lawns and into surface waters where they can damage the aquatic life that supports the world class trout fishery. Pesticides can also seep into groundwater and pose a threat to human health.

For further reading on maintaining your lawn without pesticides, explore these resources:

What is a Pesticide?

Organic lawn care professionals

Pesticide Action Network