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Pesticides in Yards and Gardens

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Photo: The Xerces Society /Mace Vaughan

Gardeners and homeowners are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact in supporting pollinators in their landscape. Recent research has indicated pollinators may be faring better in urban and suburban environments where they are protected from monocultures and the widespread use of pesticides found in agricultural lands.  While habitat fragmentation and pesticide use are also of concern in suburban and urban environments, gardeners and homeowners can directly make changes to their backyards, parks, and community gardens, and work with neighbors and community leaders to create habitat and adopt pollinator-friendly practices.