Integrated Pest Management


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IPM graphic.png​What is integrated pest management (IPM)?

​IPM involves paying attention to your landscape and managing it in a way that provides the best growing conditions for the plants you want. Healthy plants are less susceptible to​ pests like weeds and harmful organisms. This system is based on sustainable principles such as pest-resistant plants and natural sprays, crop rotation and beneficial insects.

Chemical pesticides are poisonous substances, harmful to plants, pets and children, and can pollute creeks, ponds, rivers and groundwater resources.

Controlling garden pests

Download the controlling garden pests guide (PDF) to learn about:

  • Keeping plants healthy
  • Choosing plants
  • Chemical pesticides: A last resort
  • Protecting sensitive areas
  • The secrets of chemical-free pest control​
  • Managing gypsy moths
  • Natural enemies
  • Getting help

Ideas for around the home

Download the ideas around home guide (PDF) to learn about these easy ideas (and more!) for your home:​

  • Seed bare soil and cover it with mulch as soon as possible​
  • Keep leaves out of stormwater basins on the street​
  • Hire services that follow water quality protection standards
  • Direct downspouts​ toward gardens or planted areas and away from driveways

Rethinking yard c​are

Rethink your gardening by aerating soil, leaving grass clippings on the lawn, composting yard waste and swapping chemical pesticides for natural sprays.

Download the yard care guide (PDF) to learn about:

  • The natural process
  • Incorporating natural areas in your yard
  • Proper application of yard care chemicals
  • Tips for a safer lawn

Landscaping near rivers and streams

Download landscaping near the water's edge guide (PDF) to learn about:

  • Using deep-rooted trees and vegetation
  • Reducing pollutants and erosion​
  • Landscaping zones
  • Native Michigan plants
  • What's “native"?
  • Adding vegetation to the banks of water bodies
  • Aesthetics and maintenance of water's edge landscaping

Download a list (PDF) of native plants of Michigan and native wetland plants of Michigan.​