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Healthy Maine Lawns

In recent years, there have been growing concerns about use of pesticides and fertilizers on lawns. Healthy Maine Lawns—hosted by the IPM Council—is a site intended to summarize recommendations and strategies about sustainable landscaping and lawn care practices—specifically tailored to Maine conditions. It is also the web presence for a larger, homeowner outreach initiative, undertaken by the IPM Council and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that includes published content, public presentations and collaborative efforts. The goal of Healthy Maine Lawns is to provide homeowners with a comprehensive resource on least-risk home yard care.  The site contains science-based articles and bulletins as well as links to vetted external sites, resources, and experts.

Check back as we will be building the site and adding exciting new content over the coming months.


  • The Maine Legislature established the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Council to promote, expand and enhance integrated pest management adoption in all sectors of pesticide use and pest management within the State. The Maine IPM Council is administered and coordinated jointly by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The Council is made up of 11 members representing a broad base of IPM stakeholders.
  • The Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) is Maine's lead agency for pesticide oversight. The BPC is attached to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for administrative and staffing purposes. Policy decisions are made by a seven-member, public board.
  • GotPests? is an extensive website designed specifically for Maine homeowners to help them identify the most common pests found in their homes and gardens, and point them to the most up-to-date information available on pest management, with an emphasis on low-risk methods.
It is the policy of the State of Maine to minimize reliance on pesticides. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Maine IPM Council encourage everyone to practice integrated pest management and to use pesticides only as a last resort. The mention of pesticides in the fact sheets linked to these pages does not imply an endorsement of any product. Be sure that any product used is currently registered and follow all label directions.