Montgomery Parks Integrated Pest Management Program and Pesticide Use

Montgomery Parks Integrated Pest Management Program and Pesticide Use

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland including 422 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
Ray’s Meadow Local Park 7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The planting area on either side of Rock Creek in Ray’s Meadow Local Park and the planting area across East West Highway from Ray’s Meadow Local Park, adjacent to Beach Drive Garlon 3A or Aquaneat will be sprayed to target invasive weeds to protect plantings
Black Hill Regional Park 7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Top of down stream dam embankment Lake Churchill – Wynnfield drive Aquaneat, Pathfinder and Garlon 3A will be spot sprayed to target woody weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Cabin John Athletic Area 7/6 – 7/10/20 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Turfgrass on fields 1,2,5,6,7 Pylex will be sprayed to target invasive weeds to support turf health
North Germantown Greenway Stream Valley Park 7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. throughout stream valley on both sides of paved hiking/biking path Garlon 3A and Rodeo will be applied via spot spray, mechanical and cut/stump treatments to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Rock Creek Regional Park 7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. wooded/natural areas north of Southlawn Ln., on the east side of the hiking/biking trail Garlon 3A and/or Rodeo will be applied as a cut stump treatment, and potential spot spray to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Brookside Gardens  7/7 – 7/10/20 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Rose Garden Twosome will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to prevent plantings
Brookside Gardens  7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reflection Terrace and Gude Garden Island, Japanese Black Pines Zyban will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to prevent plantings
Brookside Gardens  7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gude Garden planting beds and tree circles; front visitor center landscape bed Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect plantings
Brookside Gardens  7/13 – 7/17/20
*Updated dates
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gude Garden planting bed/lower Gude pond bank Aquaneat will be spot sprayed to target selective grass & broadleaf weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Little Bennett Regional Park  7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Day Use Area, Lewisdale horse trailer lot, Browning Run east side, Browning Run west side Transline will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to protect plantings
Little Bennett Regional Park  7/6 – 7/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dark Branch trail, Loggers trail, both sides of trails Garlon 3A and/or Aquaneat will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Brookside Gardens  7/8 – 7/10/20 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. North and South conservatories, seasonal plant displays Talus, Altus and horticultural oil will be sprayed to target insect pests to protect plantings
Germantown Town Center Urban Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. landscape beds Three-Way will be sprayed to target invasive weeds to support plant health
Germantown Town Center Urban Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. landscape beds Surflan will be spot sprayed to target goosegrass and crabgrass to support plant health
Black Hill Regional Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Black Hill Regional Park – Northern Parks Office/Park Police Substation, landscape beds Three-Way will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to support plant health
Blair Local Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Softball and Baseball Field Sedgehammer and Three-Way will be sprayed to target nutsedge and broadleaf weeds to support plant/turf health
Brookside Gardens  7/13 – 7/17/20 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Service Hill-, crack in crevice, gravel areas, building edges, fence line, wood chipped areas, mulch beds Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to protect amenities & infrastructure
Oak Ridge Conservation Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. meadow areas Transline will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Red Wiggler Farm  7/13 – 7/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. meadow areas Transline will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park  7/13 – 7/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. meadow areas off Skylark Drive Transline will be spot sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #1  7/13 – 7/17/20 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wooded area between paved path and creek working from Boundary Bridge Parking Lot on southern end, moving north. Aquaneat and/or Garlon3A will be applied primarily as cut/stump treatment with possible foliar treatment to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Ken-Gar Palisades Local Park  7/13 – 7/24/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wetland area towards southern portion of park; east/southeast of open fields and east of paved walking path. Inside of construction fencing Roundup Custom will be sprayed to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Rachel Carson Conservation Park  7/13 – 7/24/20 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wooded interior of park. wooded areas along both sides of Fern Valley Trail, north of Hawlings River. Garlon 3A and/or Rodeo will be applied primarily as cut/stump treatment with possible foliar treatment to target invasive weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Brookside Gardens 7/10/20 5:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. Gude Garden lawn Conserve SC will be sprayed to target insect pests (Catalpa Sphinx Moth) to protect tree health.

*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: July 9, 2020