Alternative Methods to Lawn Care

Organic Methods

Over the years, lawns and gardens have been managed in a reactive or conventional way of applying fertilizer and weed killer. Decision makers now have choices for cultivating and maintaining their property with organic or natural methods - a proactive approach to managing lawns and gardens.


The benefits of a natural lawn care system include:
  • Improved Ecosystems for Birds Insects and Bugs
  • Improved Water Quality and Reduced Storm Water Runoff
  • Long-Term Savings Compared to Conventional Methods
  • Reduce Exposure to Chemicals for People, Pets and Plants


Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Eco-Landscaping Guide (PDF) is free and available for download.
Eco-Landscaping guide