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Montgomery Parks Pesticide Reduction and Integrated Pest Management Program

Pesticide Use in Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks began implementing segments of the pesticide use restrictions law beginning on July 1, 2016. Bill 52-14 Pesticides – Notice Requirements – Cosmetic Pesticide Use Restrictions was enacted by Montgomery County Council October 2015 and was adopted into County Code Ch. 33B Pesticide Use.

Through this program, Montgomery Parks is embracing new ways to manage weeds and pest issues in our parks while continuing to protect and conserve our valuable natural and cultural resources. We are committed to balancing the demand for recreation with the need for conservation as we work to manage a sustainable park system that meets the needs of current and future generations.

Pesticide-Free Areas:

Montgomery Parks has launched a pesticide-free parks pilot program to manage certain parks in different regions of Montgomery County without the use of pesticides. This program will allow us to learn about the impacts and best practices of maintaining parks with alternative methods.  As we learn from the pilot program, the parks designated as pesticide-free may change. A park may be removed from the program and/or the program may expand to include additional parks.

Athletic Field Pilot Program

Montgomery Parks is working with an organic turf management expert to conduct a pilot program on five athletic fields. Through the program, we will compare five conventionally managed fields with five fields managed with organic methods and listed products.

Some of the criteria being considered in field selection for the pilot program include:

  • Level of maintenance – local park athletic fields; non-irrigated
  • Cool season turf type
  • Mowing height required for use of facility and level of play
  • Number of field use hours based on permitted hours

The athletic fields pilot program will roll out in 2017 to evaluate organic methods and certain “listed” pesticide products that are approved by the Department of Agriculture.  This pilot study will help us determine if managing athletic fields with only listed pesticides may be feasible for all local park fields. The project is contingent on available funding.

Integrated Pest Management in Montgomery Parks

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) includes alternative methods of managing weeds, insects, and other pest issues to minimize the use of pesticides. We follow IPM principles to determine the best management practices for each facility and asset. Some alternative methods are hand pulling and mechanical removal of weeds, additional string trimming, propane flame weeding and application of organically approved pesticides in County Code 33B.

Reducing pesticide use begins with sustainable design, durable equipment, and quality materials. Well-trained staff is equally important; Parks’ training programs emphasize

  • Regular monitoring for pest problems
  • Proper use of alternative practices
  • Communication to update staff of changes related to pesticide use in our parks

Pesticide Application Notifications

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

Greenwood Local Park09/25 – 9/27/20177:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.Infields on diamondsGlypohsate ProWeeds

Greenwood Local Park09/25 – 9/27/20177:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.Infields on diamondsGlypohsate ProWeeds

Park Name Planned Application Date Planned Time Range Description of Area to be Treated Product Reason
Agricultural History Farm Park 09/25 – 9/29/2017 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tree rings within reforestation sites AquaNeat Invasive species
Brookside Gardens 09/19/2017 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Rose bushes Cleary’s 3336 Disease
Brookside Gardens 09/21/2017 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Rose bushes Cleary’s 3336 Disease
Brookside Gardens 09/21/2017 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Turf areas Razor Pro Weeds
Brookside Gardens 09/26/2017 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Rose bushes in rose garden Armada Disease
Cabin John Regional Park 09/21/2017 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Shirley Povich Field Arena Insects harmful to plants
Damascus Recreational Park 09/11 – 09/21/2017 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Athletic fields: warning tracks Glyphosate Pro Weeds
Darnestown Heritage Park 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Turf around signs, shrubs and flower beds Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Darnestown Local Park 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Turf around signs, shrubs and flower beds Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Flower Hill Local Park 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Turf near signs, shrubs and flower beds Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Green Farm Maintenance Facility 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Turf near fences Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Greenwood Local Park 09/25 – 9/27/2017 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Infields on diamonds Glypohsate Pro Weeds
Longwood Local Park 09/25- 9/27/2017 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Infields on diamonds  Glyphosate Pro Weeds
Maydale Conservation Park 09/20 – 9/22/2017 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wooded areas, bamboo area off of the main mowed trail by the pond, and Kudzu area on the hillside above the pond. Garlon 3A and AquaNeat Invasive species
Olney Manor Recreational Park 09/25 – 09/27/2017 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Grounds of parking lots, curbs, signs and flower beds Glyphosate Pro Weeds
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park 09/20 – 9/22/2017 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Along tree line and creek corridor Garlon 3A and AquaNeat Invasive species
Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park 09/27/2017 – 09/29/2017 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Turf around signs, shrubs and flower beds Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Ridge Road Recreational Park 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Turf around flower beds Prosecutor Pro Weeds
Ridge Road Recreational Park 09/27 – 9/29/2017 7:30 a.m.- 1200 pm. Landscape around flower beds Snapshot Weeds
Rock Creek Regional Park, Meadowside Nature Center 09/20 – 9/22/2017 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meadows behind nature center at the bottom of the hill AquaNeat and Garlon 3A Invasive species
Rock Creek Regional Park. Go Ape 09/25/2017 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tulip, popluar and oak trees in Go Ape Ropes Course Disease
Rock Creek Regional Park, Stream Valley Unit 2 09/25 – 9/29/2017 7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Microtopography site at the corner of Beach Drive and Stoneybrook Drive Garlon 3A Invasive species
South Germantown Mini Golf / Splash Playground 09/13 – 09/19/2017 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Driving range, sign bed, Memorial bed, Splash Park: Shrub beds/foundation beds  Prosecutor Pro Weeds

Advanced notifications of pesticide applications

Montgomery Parks Staff will make every effort possible to properly notify the community when a pesticide application is scheduled.  Weather permitting, applications will be posted on the web site with signage installed on site.

  • White pre-notification signs are posted 48 hours in advance at the site of applications (playing fields, managed turf, treatments within 25 ft. of a water body, along train tracks and courts).
  • Yellow pesticide application signs are installed at the time of application for areas along trails, train tracks, near water, turfgrass and ornamental plantings. Signs remain in place for at least 48 hours following pesticide applications.

Please contact Montgomery Parks if you have any questions.

 

 

Last Updated: September 21, 2017