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Demonstrating natural yard care

As part of the City of Kelowna’s Pesticide Free education campaign, residents are invited to participate in free workshops this spring, which will teach natural yard care practices.

“The city wants to make it easy for residents to care for their lawns without the use of pesticides,” said Summer Bracey, marketing and communications coordinator for the City of Kelowna.

“It can be difficult to make a healthier choice when consumers haven’t been made aware of product replacement alternatives.

“By having these workshops, we hope to do that.”

The city’s workshops, led by Cathy Fuller, will be held in March, April, May and June at the EECO Centre, located in Mission Creek Regional Park.

To choose a date and register for a workshop, visit the Pesticide Free pages at kelowna.ca/environment, email pesticidefree@kelowna.ca or call 250-469-8881.

These hands-on workshops will explore how to solve pest problems with natural products and provide biological alternatives to chemicals, including beneficial bugs such as nematodes.

The sessions will end with a question and answer period.

Fuller, also known as the ‘Gardening Guru,’ has more than 25 years landscape design and retail experience and specializes in xeriscape landscape design, turf management consulting, organic pesticide alternatives, small garden designs and integrated pest management.

For more information about Kelowna’s pesticide bylaw and less-toxic alternatives, visit the Pesticide webpage at kelowna.ca/environment.

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