Yards for Kids

A Community Health Education Program Aiming to Significantly Reduce the Use of Lawn Pesticides in Iowa


  • The City of Cedar Falls Parks Division has reduced its use of pesticides so that now only 10% of park areas are sprayed; further reductions are planned. Since 1998, the City has saved $18,627 and 228 gallons of weed killers.
  • The Covenant Health System and affiliates (a major hospital and clinics in Waterloo, Iowa) have adopted ecological lawn care practices. No pesticides were applied during 2001.
  • The City of Waterloo had added 8 new parks to a growing list of pesticide-free parks.
  • The Cedar Falls Community Schools has committed to significant reduction in pesticide application on school grounds.
  • The Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries have expanded their books and resources on natural and pesticide-free gardening.
  • University of Northern Iowa Physical Plant reduced herbicide application by half in the last three years with no observed decrease in overall turf quality.
  • We have organized several workshops for park directors and school & city grounds staff on integrated turf management where other practitioners shared their success stories on significant pesticide reduction.