The Home Depot is deeply engaged in understanding the relationship of the use of certain insecticides on our live goods and the decline in the honey-bee population. We continue to seek scientific facts on the effects of our products on bee health, because we are committed to safeguarding the health of these critical pollinators.

We have been in communication with the EPA, insecticide industry and our suppliers to understand the science and monitor the research. We are encouraged by the improvements in the colony collapse disorder data and support the White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force. We will continue to expand our customer education on pollinator friendly gardens.

Our live goods suppliers have reduced the number of plants that they treat with neonicotinoids, so that now over 80% of our flowering plants are not treated with neonicotinoids. We will continue this decrease unless,
1) it is required by state or federal regulation, or
2) undisputed science proves that the use of neonicotinoids on our live goods does not have a lethal or sub lethal effect on pollinators. Otherwise we will have a complete phase-out of neonicotinoid use on our live goods by the end of 2018.

We’re glad to provide customers with alternative products for their insecticide needs and carry many of those alternatives in our stores and on-line.
View a List of Related Insecticides

We require all of our live good suppliers to label plants that they have treated with neonicotinoids.

We welcome your feedback, so if you’d like to let us know what you think, write to us at

Size up your lawn

Creating a lush green lawn can be done without harming the surrounding environment. Take such steps as only fertilizing actively growing grass, or using slow-release fertilizers that break down over time and supply plants with a steady supply of nutrients just when they need them. Determine the amount of fertilizer needed to grow a more perfect lawn.

Take the Home Efficiency Audit


Organic Gardening

USING INSECTS TO TEND YOUR GARDEN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK By Annie Joseph, Gardener & Nursery Professional  Due to popular demand, we are sharing this blog again!  Keep reading to…

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Making compost from garden and household waste is one of the best things any gardener can do. It’s easy and costs very little in time or effort. 

Composting also will help you reduce pollution — cutting down on landfill — and enhance your plants’ health and happiness. Not to mention the savings on fertilizers too.

Organic Products Sold
The number of organic products sold from 2006 through 2014 at The Home Depot stores in the United States.

This number includes biodegradable pots, eco friendly cleaners, organic fertilizers and recycled hoses.
Chemicals Replaced in Homes
The number of pounds of potentially harmful chemicals that have been replaced in homes due to organic product purchases from 2006 through 2014 from The Home Depot stores in the United States.
Biodegradeable Pots Sold
The number of biodegradable pots sold from 2006 through 2014 at The Home Depot stores in the United States.
Landfill Waste Avoided
The number of used car tires that would take up the same space in a landfill (have the same volume) as waste that was avoided by using biodegradable pots sold from 2006 through 2014 at The Home Depot stores in the United States.

The biodegradable pots are replacing plastic or clay pots that would have been thrown away eventually.
The above numbers are based on averages and certain assumptions. Click on a ticker for details.

Get greener in the garden at The Home Depot

Tending to your garden or yard provides numerous ways to go green. While ordinary fertilizers may introduce toxins into the soil or water supply, organic fertilizer helps add nutrients into the ground, improving the year-round balance of growth. At The Home Depot, we've got such eco options as green fertilizers, green soil, organic potting soil and more. We can also help with growing vegetables and other foods. We’ve got organic herbs, organic vegetables and other foods to help nourish not only your body but the environment. Raising natural foods without chemical assistance allows your produce to retain its original flavor while maintaining the richness of its vitamins and minerals. Whatever your green needs, we can help you become more environmentally friendly.