Educational Materials

This section provides tips for those managing an existing lawn or installing a new lawn without the toxic materials restricted by the Safe Grow Zone Ordinance.

Minimum Risk Pesticides

When mechanical pulling of weeds, proper cultural lawn care management practices, and biological controls have failed, then, and only then, should you consider least-toxic chemical products. The Safe Grow Act allows materials designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as minimum risk pesticides under section 25 (b) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which are not subject to federal registration requirements, because their ingredients are viewed as safe for the intended use. Below are some examples of effective products for cosmetic management of lawns.

Minimum risk pesticides allowed by The Safe Grow Act

Active Ingredients Exempted Under 25 (b) of FIFRA Uses
Castor Oil Insecticide, animal repellent
Cedar Oil Insect repellent, feeding depressant
Cinnamon and Cinnamon Oil Insecticide, insect repellent, animal repellent
Citric Acid Disinfectant, antimicrobial, sanitizer, fungicide, herbicide, insecticide
Citronella and Citronella Oil Insecticide, animal repellent
Cloves and Clove Oil Insecticide, animal repellent
Corn Gluten Meal Herbicide
Corn Oil Fungicide
Cottonseed oil Insecticide
Dried Blood Animal repellent
Eugenol Insect and animal repellent, fungicide
Garlic and Garlic Oil Insect and animal repellent
Geraniol Insect and animal repellent
Geranium Oil Insect and animal repellent
Lauryl Sulfate (See Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
Lemongrass Oil Insect and animal repellent
Linseed Oil Fungicide
Malic Acid Antimicrobial
Mint and Mint Oil Insecticide
Peppermint and Peppermint Oil Insecticide, animal repellent
2-Phenethyl Propionate Insecticide, insect attractant
Potassium Sorbate Preservative, Antimicrobial
Putrescent Whole Egg Solids Insect attractant, animal repellent
Rosemary and Rosemary Oil Insecticide
Sesame and Sesame Oil Insecticide, nematicide
Sodium Chloride (Salt) Disinfectant, sanitizer,  bactericide, fungicide, virucide, algaecide
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Non active ingredient; surfactant, emulsifier, wetting agent
Soybean Oil Insecticide, miticide
Thyme and Thyme Oil Insect and animal repellent, insecticide, fungicide
White Pepper Insect and animal repellent
Zinc Metal Strips Herbicide (moss), fungicide, antimicrobial