• Use lawn seed and plants that grow well in your area and fight disease.
• Decide if you can put up with a few weeds or insects.
• Use your muscles. You can keep down weeds by hand pulling or hoeing.
• Clean up dead leaves and debris to get rid of homes for pests.
• Make sure you know what the pest or problem is before using a pesticide.
• Use pesticides only where the pests are.
• Use the least toxic chemical you can find for the job.
• Your local Cooperative Extension office can help with lawn and garden care.
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