Montgomery Parks Integrated Pest Management Program and Pesticide Use

Montgomery Parks Integrated Pest Management Program and Pesticide Use

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland including 424 parks, 276 playgrounds, 342 athletic fields and many other amenities. The Department follows Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles to steward resources and protect them from pests (weeds, insects, animals and diseases) that may harm people or plants, impair function, and deteriorate infrastructure. IPM means managing pests by combining multiple strategies and techniques such as mechanical removal of pests, cultural methods to improve soil and plant health, conserving and introducing beneficial biological controls, and using organic as well as conventional pesticides.  The Parks Department does not use pesticides for cosmetic purposes. Pesticides are used as a last resort to control noxious and invasive pests, maintain safe and playable athletic fields and courts, and prevent significant economic damage, including degradation of park infrastructure. Staff who apply pesticides and fertilizers are certified and registered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Montgomery Parks is committed to balancing the demand for recreation while protecting and conserving our valuable natural and cultural resources to meet the needs of current and future generations.

What is Montgomery County Code 33B?
County Code Chapter 33B went into effect July 1, 2016.  The code presents guidelines for pesticide use in Montgomery County, including on county property and parkland. The goal of the code “is to inform the public about pesticide applications and minimize the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, while not restricting the ability to use pesticides in agriculture, for the protection of public health, or for other public benefit.”   Learn more about Montgomery County’s pesticide law.

What is Montgomery Parks doing to comply with the law? 
Montgomery Parks continues to implement IPM strategies to ensure chemical pesticides are used as a last resort.   Montgomery Parks manages all playgrounds, community gardens and common lawn areas within local parks without the use of pesticides.  In 2016, Montgomery Parks designated ten pesticide-free parks.  In September 2019, the program expanded to 45 pesticide-free parks.  From FY2014 to FY2018 Montgomery Parks’ pesticide expenditure decreased 73%.

To learn more about pesticide use in Montgomery Parks visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Scheduled Pesticide Applications

The below table includes a schedule of upcoming pesticide applications.*  The list is updated to provide at least 48-hour notice for applications.

Park Name Planned
Application Date
Planned Application Time Area To Be Treated Application Details
Cabin Branch Stream Valley Park 9/24/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. New plantings in Snouffer School Rd Bridge project, around tree beds and protection cages Aquaneat will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to protect plantings
Black Hill Regional Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 6:30 am – 2:30 pm landscape beds/tree rings Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed to target noxious weeds to protect plantings
Germantown Town Center Urban Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 6:00 am – 2:30 pm landscape beds Three-Way will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds, noxious weeds to protect plantings
Little Falls Stream Valley Park Unit #1 9/21/2020 – 9/25/2020 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Floodplain/Stream Valley from east side of creek, to paved Little Falls Trail on the east; from Massachusetts Ave south to MacArthur Blvd Garlona 3A will be sprayed to target non-native invasive plants tp restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Dewey Local Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Park perimeter, in newly constructed planting beds Pendulum will be spot sprayed to target selective grass & broadleaf weeds to protect plantings
Ridge Road Recreational Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 7:00 am – 3:00 pm warning tracks and dugout Cheetah will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect amenities & infrastructure
Damascus Recreational Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 7:00 am – 3:00 pm warning tracks and dugout Cheetah will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect amenities & infrastructure
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 7:00 am – 3:00 pm warning tracks and dugout Cheetah will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect amenities & infrastructure
Rachel Carson Conservation Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Center of main meadow area, bordered by grassy mowed trail on two sides and treeline through meadow on third side Rodeo and or/Garlon 3A will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Cabin John Athletic Area 9/21/20 6:30 am – 2:30 pm Ballfields 1, 2 , 5, 6, 7 Tebuconazole will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to support turf health
Woodlawn Cultural Special Park 9/23/20 6:00 am – 2:30 pm Understory of tree canopy in wooded areas Rodeo and or/Garlon 3A will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Maydale Conservation Park 9/21 – 9/25/20 6:00 am – 2:30 pm Understory of tree canopy in wooded areas Rodeo and or/Garlon 3A will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Brookside Gardens 9/23/20 9:00 am – 12:00 pm landscape bed in front of of Visitor Center Prosedge and Razor Pro will be spot sprayed to target equisetum and nutsedge to protect plantings
Cabin John Athletic Area 10/5 – 10/9/20 7:00 a.m. Povich Field Tebuconazole will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease
Brookside Gardens 9/29 – 10/1/ 2020 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Rose Garden Chlorothalonil will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to support plant health
Reddy Branch Stream Valley Unit #3 9/29 – 10/2/ 2020 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. forest edge and hillside adjacent to athletic fields Garlon 3A will be spot sprayed or applied as a  cut stump treatment to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Woodlawn Cultural Special Park 9/28 – 10/2/20 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Landscape beds Glyphosate Pro will be spot sprayed to target selective grass & broadleaf weeds to protect plantings
Brookside Gardens  9/29 – 10/1/ 2020 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Landscape beds Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect plantings

*Montgomery Parks staff make every effort to notify the community on this webpage when a pesticide application is scheduled in a public area. Dates of applications may change or be canceled due to weather; also, occasional emergency applications may be needed.

On-site Signage Procedures:

  • White prenotification signs are placed in advance of an application to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 feet of a stream or creek. The signs list the planned application date, product and the reason for the application.
  • Yellow signs are installed at the site at the time of application and remain in place at least 48 hours following the pesticide application. For more information, call the phone number listed on the back of the sign.

Please contact Montgomery Parks if you have any questions.


 

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Last Updated: September 28, 2020