• Gardening

    Choosing natural insecticides avoids potential harm to honey bees, and helps plants, flowers, and lawns thrive.
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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.
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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

Green Chemistry

Because The Home Depot sells a wide variety of product, we recognize our unique responsibility in helping improve products through the promotion of safer chemicals. We are committed to working with stakeholders and partners throughout the supply chain to understand chemical risks and green chemistry opportunities. We support the work of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) through annual membership as well as participation in the Retail Leadership Council of the GC3 to drive the advancement of green chemistry.

Size Up Your Lawn
Creating a lush green lawn can be done without harming the surrounding environment. Only fertilize actively growing grass, or use 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.

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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 Gardening Products
The number of organic products sold in our U.S. stores and online since 2012.

This number includes organic soils and fertilizers, and eco-friendly pesticides. 
Green Cleaning Products
The number of green cleaning products sold in our U.S. stores and online since 2012.
Biodegradeable Pots Sold
The number of biodegradable pots sold in our U.S. stores and online since 2012.
Recycled Moving Boxes Sold
Recycled moving boxes sold in our U.S. stores and online since 2010.
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.