Ban on Chemical Pesticides

Private gardens: using chemical pesticides is now banned.

Herbicides, fungicides, slug pellets ... Do you have a garden and are you already thinking about spring?  From 1st January 2019, you can no longer buy, use and stockpile chemical pesticides for gardening or weeding.

However, bio-control pesticides, low risk or usable in organic farming are still allowed.

To replace the banned products, the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition proposes solutions such as:

  • choose local plants and plant them according to the exposure and the nature of the soil;
  • cultivate plants that bring mutual benefits;
  • use plants and auxiliary animals to control diseases and pests.


The ban comes from article 2 of the law of 6th February 2014 to better regulate the use of phytosanitary products on the national territory (article 2 modified by article 68 of the law of 18th August 2015 on the energy transition for green growth).


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