Healthy Lawns For a Healthier Nova Scotia

Published by Department of Environment

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nova Scotians will get help making the move to natural lawn and landscaping practices with the Healthy Lawns education campaign, which promotes natural lawn care and alternatives to pesticides, and raises awareness about new legislation and regulations.


We are helping to protect public health and the environment by limiting exposure to pesticides. This education campaign will provide Nova Scotians with healthy lawn-care alternatives.Environment Minister, Sterling Belliveau

The landscape industry supports efforts to educate Nova Scotians on how to maintain healthy lawns. Our industry and clients want to maintain healthy landscapes in an environmentally sustainable manner that does not create unacceptable health risks, and this initiative supports that goal.David Thompson, chair of the environment committee of Landscape Nova Scotia.

Quick Facts

  • The campaign includes an information pamphlet that will be distributed across the province, a toll-free information line, website information, and displays at public events, such as home and garden shows. The Department of Environment is also collaborating with environmental organizations to help get information to the public.
  • Gardening and landscaping practices that do not require pesticides include manually removing weeds, over-seeding, fertilizing, reducing lawn size by increasing other plant types and enjoying wild flowers.
  • The Healthy Lawns campaign follows legislation and regulations restricting non-essential pesticides in Nova Scotia. The Non-Essential Pesticides Control Act was passed in May 2010 and the Exceptions to Prohibitions on Non-Essential Pesticides Regulations were passed in December.
  • The legislation and regulations apply to lawn care and ornamental plants on residential, commercial, government and institutional properties (such as hospitals, long-terms care facilities, schools), parks, and other recreational facilities.
  • Forestry activities, agricultural activities (including private vegetable and fruit gardens), and golf courses are exempt.
  • The regulations are accompanied by a List of Allowable Pesticides, considered to pose a reduced risk to humans and the environment.
  • The sale and use of pesticides not on the allowable list will be prohibited on lawns as of April 1. The legislation will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees April 1, 2012.
  • The toll-free information line is 1-855-455-4034.

Learn More

Media Contact

Jodi Sibley
Department of Environment
Cell: 902-430-6599


Flowers can make landscapes especially attractive, and are an excellent party of Healthy Lawn care.
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Front lawns can be just as attractive and more environmentally friendly with Healthy Lawn practices.
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Heathy landscapes are attractive to look at and good for everyone.
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Clean Nova Scotia member talks about getting information out to the public.
Halifax Seed Company staff member talks about maintaining a healthy lawn.