Business - Natural Landscaping
Natural landscaping reduces the need for pesticides around businesses and homes. You can manage your landscape yourself or hire a landscaping company.
Manage your own landscape
- Find safer lawn and garden chemicals at Grow Smart, Grow Safe (external link).
- Get landscape questions answered six days a week by emailing the Garden Hotline (external link) or calling them at 206-633-0224.
- Guide your staff with landscape maintenance plans (external link).
- Use best practices for soil (external link).
- Find irrigation tips and rebates (external link) for irrigation sprinklers.
- Send your staff to low cost or free Integrated Pest Management workshops (external link) in English, Spanish or Vietnamese.
- These Integrated Pest Management (IPM) factsheets (external link) can help you manage many common landscape problems: moss, moles, aphids and more.
Hire a natural landscape company
- Choose a landscaper (external link), nursery or irrigation professional that uses IPM for a healthy, natural landscape.
- Use landscape maintenance plans (external link) to contract for landscape maintenance services.
If you are a landscape professional
If you want to reduce the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals in your business
- Our Voucher Incentive Program can offer 50 percent of the costs to improve hazardous materials management and hazardous waste disposal. Note: Maximum allowable amount is $500.
If you have pesticides on site, store them safely
Pesticides should be stored in rooms or cabinets that can be locked.
- Shelves should be secured and have raised edges to minimize damage in case of an earthquake.
- Pesticide containers should be in secondary containment in case of a spill or leak.
- Store liquids on the bottom shelf.
- Put bagged material above liquids.
- Keep insecticides separate from herbicides.
- Check containers periodically for leaks and spills.
- Check if stored products can withstand freezing temperatures.
- Provide adequate ventilation.
- Store personal protective equipment in a separate room.
- Store pesticides away from wellheads and other areas that could be contaminated.
Pesticide and fertilizer disposal
Many lawn and garden chemicals can be harmful if improperly disposed of when they are no longer wanted.
Never place unused or partially used pesticides in the garbage or down the drain. Older pesticide labels recommend disposal in the trash, but this is no longer recommended.
- Use up unwanted fertilizer as directed, give it away, or place non-liquid fertilizers in the trash.
- Weed-and-feed products are pesticides and should be disposed of as hazardous waste. Some small businesses may qualify for free disposal.
Complaints about pesticide misuse
If you see what appears to be the misuse of pesticide including: misapplication, over spraying, spraying on a windy day, improper signage or other problems, you can file a complaint by calling the Washington State Department of Agriculture (external link) at 1-877-301-4555 (toll-free).