Munipal Pesticide Debates

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Walkways added to pesticide ban

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:46 pm

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CBC News

Walkways added to pesticide ban


The Nova Scotia government is expanding its pesticide ban to include walkways.

The decision was made after a public hearing on Bill 61, a proposed law to ban non-essential pesticides on lawns, trees and ornamental shrubs by 2012.

Elizabeth Pierce, with Pesticide Free Nova Scotia, urged provincial politicians to ensure the "best protection in Canada against an unnecessary health and environmental risk."

Pierce and others are concerned the government will cave to the demands of lawn-care companies to develop the list of banned chemicals.

Nutri-Lawn owner Peter Bugden argues that the industry knows which pesticides are safer than others.

"Our industry should have a position at the table and a role in how this list is put together," said Bugden.

But Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau isn't picking sides.

"We are listening to what Nova Scotians have said and we'll be moving forward with this legislation and we'll take all these points of view into consideration," Belliveau said.

Belliveau said the government will put together the list of banned pesticides before the end of the year.

Lawn-care companies say they need an answer by the fall.

The proposed pesticide ban does not apply to farmers, forestry companies, golf courses and backyard vegetable gardens.

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Getting word out on spraying

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:51 pm

May 11, 2010

Cornwall Standard Freeholder

Getting word out on spraying

By DAVID NESSETH DNESSETH@STANDARD-FREEHOLDER.COM

SD&G -- With herbicide spraying set to begin as early as this week, the United Counties have stepped up voluntary enhancements to its roadside spraying program and the public notification process, a Ministry of the Environment official said.

Roadside spraying of herbicides to kill noxious weeds such as wild parsnip or poison hemlock stirred controversy last year from rural residents concerned about potential heath hazards from 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).

"The counties came in and said, 'We want to do everything by the book, then go one step beyond,'" said Jason Ryan, a representative from the Cornwall field office for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).

Now, the United Counties will be updating its website daily and posting signs to inform local residents about where and when spraying will occur. Under provincial regulations, it's only obligated to post a spraying notice in a local newspaper.

The MOE is also currently working with the United Counties to identify all bus stops in the spraying path of contractor Wagar & Corput Weed Control.

"There will be a 5-10 metre setback where there will be no spraying," Ryan ensured.

Garbage pick-up days have also been relayed to the spraying contractor.

"During those days there will be no herbicides applied," Ryan explained.

Ryan noted the United Counties roads department, which was unavailable for comment, is also working on setting up a 1-800 info line for spray information.

Any resident in the counties has the ability to put up a "Don't Spray" sign, which would let the spray contractor know not to spray those frontages or right of ways.

"The best way for someone to avoid having their frontage sprayed is by maintaining it. If they cut it close, there will be nothing to spray for," Ryan said.

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The counties council, which reintroduced spraying in 2007, received a petition against the roadside spraying in 2009 with more than 400 names on it.

A group called Citizens for Alternatives to Roadside Sprayi

ng (CARS) was formed to combat council's decision to spray.

"They've made these changes at our urging," said Ernie Spiller, past president of CARS. "If they're going to spray, these changes are absolutely necessary. The public has a right to know what is being sprayed and when. It's public land and it's public dollars."

Spiller said the group will still work towards educating residents, while aiming to help protect residents' health.

S, D and G has indicated it uses the herbicide so road workers don't get exposed to weeds such as poison parsnip, which can cause rashes in some individuals.

The United Counties has also arranged for a $10,000 study of this season's spraying with the St. Lawrence River Institute.

"There will be a full assessment of how effective it was, what can they do better next time around, and is there safer alternatives they could possibly employ in the coming seasons," Ryan said.

Former S, D and G roads superintendent Don McDonald said it would cost more than $300,000 to cut the weeds, whereas spraying is just over $50,000.

According to the United Counties, herbicide spraying also does not occur within 100 metres of a municipal intake water supply, within 10 metres of a marked well, if wind velocity exceeds 8 km/hr, or if the temperature exceeds 25 C.

Spraying of 2,4-D may start as this week if the weather permits.

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Broaden ban, group urges

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:52 pm

Tue. May 11, 2010

Halifax Herald

Broaden ban, group urges
New pesticide restrictions should go farther to protect health, environmentalist says

By JEFFREY SIMPSON Provincial Reporter

Environmentalists lauded the province for banning the use and sale of pesticides for lawns but also urged it Monday to include side¬walks, driveways and golf courses.

“We believe this may have been an inadvertent omission," Barbara Harris, with the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, told the legislature’s law amend-ments committee in Halifax.

“We would like to see the law explicitly cover patios, walkways and driveways, as well as lawns.

The reasons for banning non¬essential pesticides on lawns apply equally to patios, walkways and driveways."

The province will develop a list of approved pesticides over the next few months, but as of next spring, Nova Scotians will only be able to use low-risk pesticides on their lawns. The ban will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees in 2012.

People will still be allowed to spray chemicals on their vegetable gardens and the commercial use of pesticides in the agriculture and forestry sectors and on golf courses is still permitted.

“For people who are already environmentally sensitive, expo¬sure and the threat of exposure to pesticides where we live, work and do business result in immediate harm, disruption to daily lives and limits our ability to conduct activ¬ities outside our own homes," said Harris, who wore a mask covering her mouth and nose to Province House.

“For a percentage of the chem¬ically sensitive population, symp¬toms may be life-threatening. At the very least, they are life-limit¬ing."

Pesticides deemed to be low risk include corn gluten and some bio-pesticides like bacillus thu¬ringiensis, an organism that kills insects after they eat it.

Gretchen Fitzgerald, a director with the Sierra Club Canada, echoed the call for the ban to be extended to driveways and walk¬ways. She also wants it extended to golf courses, vegetable gardens and areas around wells that supply drinking water.

“To place human health at risk for cosmetic application of pesti¬cides when there are ample safe alternatives does not seem consis¬tent with the principles of sustain¬ability and precaution."

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau said the government will probably amend the bill to include walkways or paths that cut through lawns, but not driveways or walk-ways.

“The focus is staying on lawns."

Liberal MLA Andrew Younger said he didn’t understand why the government would leave the loop¬holes in place allowing chemicals to be used on some parts of resi-dential properties but not others.

“It’s a small amount of pesticide use, but I think it is a concern. If you’re going to do a pesticide bill, you might as well do it the right way.

“I said from Day 1, I had a con¬cern around the vegetable gar¬dens."

Some representatives from the lawn-care industry expressed concerns about what it will mean for their industry and urged the province to draw upon their ex¬pertise.

“What really concerns me as a grower is the loss of a tool," said Jeff Morton, of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill but was also representing Land¬scape Nova Scotia.

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Weed, or not?

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:42 pm

11/05/10

The Corner Brook Western Star

EDITORIAL

Weed, or not?

By next spring, Nova Scotia will have in place a law that makes illegal the use of many types of pesticides on lawns in that province.

The use of pesticides for shrubs, trees and flowers will be banned beginning in 2012.
There will also be a list — yet to be determined — of so-called “low-risk” pesticides that will be permitted — such as horticulture vinegar, corn glutens and herbicidal and insecticidal soaps.

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have similar legislation.
Some municipalities in this province have voluntary bans on the cosmetic use of pesticides but they don’t have the legislative power to force outright bans.

That’s where the provincial government comes in but the ruling Tories have until recently taken no action despite repeated calls from health advocacy organizations. Why not just get moving?

There are plenty of bills on the books in other provinces to study and duplicate ... and it’s not like the House of Assembly is swamped passing other legislation.

This is a health issue that has solid support.

Even if those who say pesticides are well regulated and safe are correct, there are few consequences to banning their use anyway.

We all want our properties to look their best but there are more important things to consider.

There are other ways to keep unwanted weeds under control than by using pesticides ... and they do work.

It may take a little more investment in time and labour but they bring acceptable results.
Besides, what’s the worst that can happen? There are more critical things in life to worry about than a dandelion shining in the middle of your lawn.

It’s time politicians in this province took a lesson from their more progressive counterparts in other provinces and moved beyond the discussion stage of banning pesticides used for cosmetic purposes.

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Ethics, pesticides on political docket

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:44 pm

May 11, 2010

Ethics, pesticides on political docket

PAUL MCLEOD
METRO HALIFAX

Pesticides

As the spring sitting of the legislature circles the drain, politicians moved to put the finishing touches on some final pieces of legislation yesterday.

After a long public hearing yesterday, a ban on pesticides is set to go ahead with a few alterations.

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau confirmed the government will accept changes to close a loophole that would exempt pathways that are part of a lawn from the ban.

However, Belliveau is not planning to take away the exemption of backyard gardens or golf courses, which several spokespeople at a public hearing had called for.

The amended bill is expected to be passed today, shortly before the house raises for the summer.

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11 May 2010

The Yarmouth County Vanguard

By Carla Allen
THE VANGUARD NovaNewsNow. com

Ban on many lawn pesticides takes effect next year

Close to 80 per cent of the 1,700 that responded last winter to a discussion paper on the use of pesticides for cosmetic lawn care purposes called for a ban.

Their voices have been heard. Starting next spring, Nova Scotians will not be allowed to buy or apply many types of pesticides on their lawns. A list of approved types will be developed in the near future. Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec have similar bans.

A ban on pesticides used for shrubs, trees and flowers is proposed for 2012.

Commercial use of pesticides in forestry, on golf courses and in agriculture is still permitted, as well as personal vegetable gardens.

Christian Surette owns C. Surette Landscapers. He says he basically weaned himself out of pesticides a few years back and only uses them minimally now.

“If I can, I use the more organic products like insecticidal soaps,” he said.

However, he added that the ban would probably affect him as long as he’s in business.

The ban was implemented by the province due to health concerns but Surette says the escalating cost of these products is also making them less attractive.

The price of weed’n’feed has just about doubled in cost in the past three years

“ This is one of the reasons I’m weaning myself off because my customers are not going to be able to pay that kind of price in order to control weeds. “Is it a good thing? Maybe so,” he said. Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an increasingly popular alternative to using pesticides on lawns. The programs involve observation and research about the pest and environment to prevent unacceptable levels of damage while using environmentally sound methods.

Cultural practices include selecting the best varieties for local growing conditions and maintaining healthy crops, plant quarantine and crop sanitation. Mechanical methods include simple handpicking, erecting insect barriers, using traps, vacuuming, and tillage to disrupt breeding.

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Carla Allen, her husband Dave and son Chas, operate South Cove Nursery Ltd. South Cove Nursery Ltd. near Yarmouth. Carla is a syndicated garden columnist for four newspapers in Nova Scotia. You can reach Carla by email.

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Re: Munipal Pesticide Debates .. Why don’t we cut out the la

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:47 pm

Fri. May 7. 2010

The Halifax Herald

Why don’t we cut out the lawn altogether?

By LAURENT LE PIERRÈS

Herbicidal maniacs. That’s what I call them, those mavericks who sneak out at midnight and spray chemicals on the lawn in defiance of the law.

Make no mistake, more of these miscreants are bound to come out of the woodwork now that the NDP government is building on HRM’s current bylaw and banning cosmetic pesticides provincewide. Not just their use, but their sale.

I applaud the crackdown. It’s the first step in rooting out the cult of lawn worship, a form of collective insanity, and vanity, that has overrun North America.

How did it come to this?

According to folks who have delved into the subject, the ideal lawn became an object of desire centuries ago for wealthy Americans who envied the manicured grounds of English mansions. They imported the formal-garden look, not to mention the foreign grass species.

Eventually, those legions of groundskeepers who made it all possible were supplanted — poor sods — by mechanical inventions, including the lawn mower and the sprinkler. In time, the need to display an emerald expanse outside your abode spread like a weed to the rest of society, and put down roots in suburbia, where it remains a status symbol.

That just about brings us up to date. I realize, of course, that not everybody these days wants a flawless front yard. Mostly, we just want to keep up with the Joneses so as not to be embarrassed by the state of our estate.

But most of us have neither the time nor the inclination to care properly for the old patch of green.

So we take plently of shortcuts. We deploy industrial-strength weaponry to get results. We fertilize the lawn so it will grow. We wage chemical warfare against weeds and bugs, so it will grow uniformly. We irrigate it with precious drinking water, so it will grow consistently. All the while, we unwittingly wash the toxins we tamed the lawn with into our water courses.

All this for the immeasurable pleasure of bringing in the cavalry — the macho "ride-on" and his self-propelled poor cousin — to further whip our useless piece of turf into shape.

As a bonus feature, we get to choke on our own fumes. Lawnmowers are a notorious contributor to noxious urban smog. No problem. If we can’t breathe after we’re done mowing, we can admire our handiwork from the safety of the house.

Incidentally, scientists can also observe us terraforming our small piece of the planet from the vantage point of space. Five years ago, NASA researcher Christina Milesi analyzed satellite data and extrapolated that lawns cover 128,000 square kilometres of America’s landmass. That makes grass — grass! — the U.S.’s top irrigated crop by area. Three times less land is devoted to growing corn, a staple of the American diet. If people actually ate dandelions, as opposed to hating them, then this fact would not be so unfathomable.

But no. Americans who ambitiously build artificial cities in the desert are wasting their dwindling water supplies on showy lawns. Apparently, between 50 and 70 per cent of U.S. residential water is gobbled up by landscaping. If that’s not burying your head in the sand, I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch in Nova Scotia, the usual grumblers are out like blackflies. You know the drill. The government can’t tell me what to do on my private property. Sure, I can’t spray in my yard, but it’s business as usual at the golf course. And so forth.

Allow me to swat you. First, pesticides don’t stay on your property. They go downwind or downstream. That makes your garden activities everybody’s business.

Second, there are no economic stakes or broad-based benefits to consider if you curtail pesticide use in residential or public spaces. The same cannot be said for golf courses or large-scale industries like forestry or agriculture.

Finally, the average homeowner is a fly-by-nighter when it comes to pesticide application. Most people don’t follow instructions and end up dousing their lawn with 10 times the amount of pesticides farmers use on their crops. Then their kids and pets go rolling around in this chemical bath.

Stop the madness, I say. Get a super duper weed-removal gadget — I call mine The Dandelion King — and adopt a pesticide-free phi-lo-so-phy. Hakuna Matata. Better yet, double the size of your vegetable garden if you’ve got too much lawn space and get back in tune with the circle of life.

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New Brunswick is choosing a greener path regarding pesticide

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:56 pm

Wednesday May 5th, 2010

The Fredericton Daily Gleaner

New Brunswick is choosing a greener path regarding pesticide management

By RICK MILES
New Brunswick Environment Minister

The snow has melted and warmer temperatures are inviting more and more people across the province outdoors to begin work on creating and maintaining their lawns.

But this year those going to the store to buy lawn care pesticides will not have the same choices of products as in years past.

New Brunswick is choosing a greener path when it comes to pesticide management.

The sale and use of more than 240 over-the-counter lawn care pesticide products, and the use of all 2,4-D products, on domestic lawns in the province has been banned by the Department of Environment.

This ban is a step in the right direction when it comes to effectively managing pesticides in our province.

This strategy will significantly reduce the amount of pesticides being used and will educate the public that, as a society, we need to move away from pesticide reliance and embrace greener practices for lawn and turf management.

As Minister of Environment, I am proud that New Brunswick is the first province in Atlantic Canada, and the third in Canada, to adopt a comprehensive product ban on lawn care pesticides.

Reducing the reliance on pesticides in the province will contribute to a sustainable environment and a self-sufficient New Brunswick by 2026.

During the public consultation on this issue, 1,400 New Brunswickers expressed their views and, as a government, we listened.

The product ban targets retail lawn care pesticide products that are most likely to be overused and misused. This includes combination fertilizer/pesticide products, granular spreadable weed killers, hose-end products, and lawn care pesticides that require measuring, mixing or dilution by the homeowner.

In particular, the herbicide 2,4-D, which is one of the most widely used lawn care pesticides, was banned because of its widespread use and its potential to be overused and misused.

Under IPM provisions, no lawn or turf, whether it be a private lawn or a public park, can be routinely "blanket treated" and no more than 50 per cent of any property can be treated with pesticides in one season.

Golf courses will still have access to products containing 2,4-D. However, they must be applied within IPM provisions.

This new pesticide management strategy will contribute to an improved environment and quality of life for all residents of the province.

I encourage New Brunswickers to familiarize themselves with this new strategy and learn about ways to keep their lawns green and healthy without using chemicals. The Department of Environment's website has useful information and tips on managing lawns in an environment-friendly way and I invite all interested individuals to explore the site.

Together we can create a greener future for many generations of New Brunswickers.

Rick Miles is New Brunswick's Environment Minister.

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Re: Munipal Pesticide Debates

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:57 pm

May 5, 2010

The Windsor Star

Flawless lawn myths

HGTV's Carson Arthur shows greener ways to get green grass

By Anna Cabrera Cristofaro, Special to The Windsor Star

How did we ever come up with the idea that if our lawns don't display a velvety expanse of flawlessly manicured emerald green grass, we're terrible homeowners that bring down the look of the entire neighbourhood?

With the city's ban on pesticide use, homeowners are left wondering how to properly care for - and show off - the perfect lawn, without the use of chemicals we came to rely on for so many years.

"Grass is the number one fascination for us Canadians," muses Carson Arthur, host of HGTV's Green Force. "We all have that dream of a pristine Scott's Turf kind of lawn - well, for 99 per cent of us, it's just not possible."

Arthur explains that the majority of homes have Kentucky Bluegrass variety growing on the lawn, a beautiful, lush variety of grass, and one which is actually dormant in the months of July and August.

"That easily explains those annoying brown patches," Arthur says. "But for a long time, that's all there was. It's been really popular because it seeds well and has that very traditional look - dense and smooth."

Used on its own, however, without another type of grass mixed in with it, Kentucky Bluegrass is difficult to maintain, and therefore the lawn becomes a larger source of frustration for homeowners than it should be.

"We're learning a lot more about the right type of grass seeds," says Arthur, who recommends using a mixture of red fescue and sheep fescue when reseeding existing lawns. When fescue, which grows a thinner blade, is mixed with Kentucky Bluegrass, it creates a lawn which requires very little maintenance and only about an inch of water per week.

To keep grass at its healthiest and most lush, Arthur recommends keeping it trimmed between two-and-a-half to three inches, preferably with a battery operated lawn mower.

"Traditional gas lawn mowers are really not 'green,'" says Arthur. "The emissions from one lawn mower used for one hour are the same as that you'd get from 40 idling cars."

Arthur suggests a battery operated mower by Black and Decker, which can be plugged in when not in use. When fully charged, it can cover up to 12,000 sq. ft. of lawn space.

When it comes to pesticides, Arthur's favourite method is a simple, natural mixture, which consists of water and garlic. He throws 40 individual cloves of garlic into a two-gallon glass jar, and fills it to the rim with water, leaving it outside for a few days. He then removes the cloves of garlic and puts the water into a misting bottle, applying the mixture to weedy areas.

"It's incredibly strong, and it's fantastic for insects, cats, dogs, slugs."

For added potency, he suggests leaving a couple of cloves in the misting bottle. If there are areas with weeds too tough to destroy using the garlic water method, Arthur says to simply dig out the patch and reseed.

Arthur understands the desire for a rich, pristine lawn and garden, and promises there's not much elbow grease needed to obtain one.

"The bottom line is, if we have healthy plants, we need considerably less herbicides and pesticides. Being green is easy - if it's something that doesn't cost more money and it doesn't change the lifestyle of the person doing it, it's actually a pleasure to do."

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HELPFUL LAWN TIPS

Maintaining a healthy lawn involves using good practices throughout the growing season. Proper mowing, fertilizing, irrigation and thatch control provide a dense, healthy lawn.

Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture offers some helpful tips on growing a high quality lawn:

- Mow as high as possible. Lower mowing produces a shallow root system, and encourages broadleaf weed invasion and invasion from grassy weeds such as creeping bentgrass and annual blue grass.

It is best to mow a lawn when the leaves are dry. Leave clippings on the lawn; you can cut down on your fertilizer by 20-35 per cent by leaving the clippings on.

- Understanding and implementing a well-balanced fertilizer program is one of the most important factors in maintaining an attractive, healthy lawn.

The three main nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen promotes a dark green colour, leaf and blade development and turf density. Phosphorus is important for good root and rhizome development and promotes plant maturity. Potassium contributes to the general vigour of grass and promotes wear, drought tolerance and winter hardiness.

- Water in the morning when there is little to no wind; this provides more even water distribution. Water before mid-day, when the evaporation rate is the lowest.

Watering can be done in the evening, but this may encourage disease development.

For more information, visit the website www.omafra.gov.on.ca.

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New weed weapon unleashed

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May 4, 2010

Orillia Packet & Times
New weed weapon unleashed
Local lawn care company says 'It's been wild' out there
Posted By JENNIFER BURDEN THE PACKET & TIMES



Glenn Wagner has been receiving an onslaught of phone calls from people complaining about the abundance of weeds on their property this year. He is looking forward to a new organic pesticide called Fiesta approved by the Ministry of the Environment for use in Ontario to deal with the problem.
The abundance of weeds in Orillia may be toast once they get a taste of Fiesta, a new organic pesticide approved by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) last week.
Glenn Wagner, owner of Wagner Lawn Care, said he has been receiving an onslaught of calls from residents complaining about weeds this season.
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"I think this year is the first year it's been a big problem because last year was the first year we couldn't spray," Wagner said in reference to the April 2009 ban of pesticides used for cosmetic purposes in Ontario. "It's been wild."
The new organic pesticide, Fiesta, was created in Germany and has passed all of the rigourous testing required under the Pest Control Products Act.
It was approved by the MOE on April 30, said Ana Gaina, from the pesticides section of the MOE, and will be included in the online pesticide database as early as Wednesday.
"It's a very effective weed control product that is classified as being really low risk, almost negligible," Wagner said. "It controls the weeds in the lawn right down to the root."
Wagner said Fiesta is far superior to other organic pesticides, such as Sarritor, that only attacked the top of the weed, never the root.
Because it is a new product and created in Germany, Wagner said it will be more costly.
He said treating an average city lot for the season with pesticides prior to the ban would cost approximately $60. Using Fiesta, Wagner estimates it will cost approximately $180 for the entire season.
"There's no doubt the price is higher, but relative to the other organic products on the market, it's a great value because it works," he said. "Until there are generic versions of (Fiesta), the price will stay high."
Ken MacKinnon, superintendent of parks in Orillia, said he hasn't received the same level of complaints about weeds on city-owned property, but said the weed problem is steadily growing from year to year.
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"One (weed) gets you two, two gets you four, and four gets you eight," MacKinnon said. "Every year, we just keep getting more and more weeds."
He said managing the level of weeds on city property, such as parks, is more difficult without the use of pesticides, but with their intensive turf management program, they do the best they can.
When asked about Fiesta, he said it comes down to "dollars and cents" and how effective it is.
"You have to weigh the pros and cons of an intensive turf program and an organic herbicide," he said.
Orillia's parks and recreation department employs three staff, one full-time and two part- time, to care for approximately 35 parks in the city, MacKinnon said.
The maintenance requirements vary from park to park depending on the use of the park and the area. High priority parks, such as Couchiching Beach Park or parks used for athletics, are often treated with the intensive turf management program, MacKinnon said, while other parks only have their grass cut.
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Dandelion crop no worse than usual

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:00 pm

May 4, 2010

The Windsor Star

Dandelion crop no worse than usual

By Dylan Kristy,

The 101-day strike last year that saw many city parks transformed into fields of tall grass may have helped reduce this year's dandelion crop, says Windsor's director of parks and facilities.

The small yellow flower, or weed, has shot up across the city's 2,800-plus acres of city land in 215 parks.

Don Sadler, director of parks and facilities said this year's crop is no worse than before the city strike. "Last year's growth of the grass reduced the amount of dandelions," said Sadler. The turf is healthier and in looking at our park systems it certainly isn't any worse than two years ago."

Don Tellier, co-ordinator of the horticulture program at St. Clair College, agrees the taller grass would prevent many of the dandelion seeds from sprouting.

"What you're going to find with taller grass is that there is less direct sunlight that gets down to the area where the seeds are going to germinate," said Tellier. "By shading out those areas you eliminate some of those seeds."

For those who don't like the sight of the tenacious weed, Sadler said his employees will be out soon to maintain the parks.

"We cut the grass in 10-day cycles in most areas and within two weeks when we make the cut through an area you won't be able to see the dandelions," said Sadler.

"We haven't applied herbicide on our general parks for well over 12 years now so every spring you're going to see dandelions and dandelion heads everywhere you look."

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