City launches pesticide reduction campaign

City of Saskatoon launches campaign asking people to look for alternatives to pesticides

Asks home owners to cut down pesticide use

Saskatoon city council agreed to launch a pesticide reduction campaign at its meeting last night.

Partnering with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the 10-week campaign will ask people to find alternatives to pesticide use on their lawns. The campaign recommends everything from making sure your lawn is healthy to removing weeds by hand.

Not everyone is a fan of the city's involvement.

"When you see city council engaged in these things, it's a bit of a fad," said Spencer Early, owner of Early's Farm and Garden Centre. "They get involved and they make decisions, and in the past they didn't do anything about it anyways."

The campaign will run on broadcast, social media and print for the next two-and-a-half months.