- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago suburb plans to launch a pesticide-free parks program with a local business.

During a one-year pilot program, the city of Evanston will use alternative methods to control weeds. For instance, city officials will keep lawns taller to increase root strength and shade out weeds.

The city is joining with Greenwise Organic Lawn Care, which is based in Evanston.

Evanston’s Public Works Department Assistant Director Paul D’Agostino says in a statement that it’s the city’s largest partnership of its kind.

City officials are also offering up tips for natural lawn care. They include not watering deeply more than once a week, which can encourage deep root growth and to mow the lawn only as needed.

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