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  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Protecting Pollinators
  • Invasive Species
  • Reducing Pesticides
  • Mosquito Control Program
  • Natural Lawns and Landscaping

Integrated Pest Management Program


Ecological Integrated Pest ManagementIPM Pollinators Mosquitoes Lawns Rats and Weeds Pesticides


What is Integrated Pest Management?

The city's approach to Integrated Pest Management or IPM is true to the  original concept, that was developed by a group of professors at the University of California in the late 1950's in response to the "fast-moving pesticide treadmill" associated with the overuse of pesticides, particularly DDT after World War II. One of the biggest problems with relying on pesticides is that, in most cases, very little of the pesticide actually reaches the target, and instead ends up in the air, water, soil and affecting wildlife and people. Rather than focusing on one species, Ecologically-Based IPM considers the entire web of life within the ecosystem, working with natural processes to keep populations of all living things, including pests, in balance. Learn more about different aspects of IPM, what the city is doing and what you can do by visiting different program areas. 





Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Lawn Care

New! A Step-By-Step Guide to Organic Lawn Care

This step-by-step guide shows you everything you need to know to transition your lawn to organic and improve the quality of your lawn that you're already managing without chemicals. Save money on your water bill, protect your kids and pets from toxic lawn chemicals. Choose from three plans to fit your budget. Download a free copy


Boulder Pollinator Garden Project

The Boulder Pollinator Garden Project

Do you want to be part of a local movement to make Boulder a pollinator haven and work together to blanket our city with beautiful native flowers that support our bees, butterflies and birds? Learn how at and find out about events, workshops and more.


Climate, Ecosystems and Community Report

Read the Climate, Ecosystems and Community Report 

Learn how ecosystems are being impacted by climate change and other factors. Learn about the actions that the city, partner organizations and the community are taking to protect and enhance Boulder's natural resources, plants and wildlife and how you can get involved. See the report here.