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September 23, 2004
Fall gardening campaign launched
Toronto Public Health today launched a fall gardening campaign to help
residents reduce the use of pesticides as they prepare their lawns and gardens
for spring.

"Fall is an important time to lay the groundwork for a healthy, pesticide-free
lawn and garden," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health.
"We want residents to know the basic tips for this time of year to make it easy
for their gardens to bloom naturally next spring."

The fall gardening campaign includes newspaper advertisements encouraging
residents to colour in their garden naturally by taking three easy steps: 1)
aerate and seed your lawn 2) use natural fertilizer 3) apply mulch.

A practical how-to guide for pesticide-free gardening is part of the education
campaign. Pesticide Free: A Guide to Natural Lawn and Garden Care is an
all-you-need-to-know resource for natural lawn and garden care and is available
on the Web at

The campaign includes outreach in many languages, with an extensive schedule of
workshops involving community organizations across the city.

Toronto Public Health staff are also working with the retail industry on
point-of-purchase educational materials for distribution at gardening and
hardware stores throughout Toronto next spring.

On April 1, 2004, Toronto City Council adopted a pesticide by-law restricting
the use of pesticides on public and private property. The fall gardening
campaign is part of the first implementation phase of the by-law.

Media contact:
Frank Giorno, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



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