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, 273 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 alternative 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
Fountain Hills Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20
new dates
7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Baseball field, warning track Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed to suppress plant growth to ensure player safety
Germantown Town Center Urban Park 4/6 – 4/10/20
new dates
7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Landscape beds, stone walk way Prosecutor Pro and Three-Way will be spot sprayed to target noxious weeds to support plant health and protect infrastructure
Cabin John Athletic Fields 4/6 – 4/10/20 7:00 a.m. Shirley Povich Field, Field #2 – turf areas Confront and Monument will be sprayed to remove ryegrass from Bermuda grass and target broadleaf weeds to protect player safety
Cabin John Athletic Fields 4/6 – 4/10/20 7:00 a.m. Fields 2, 3, 4, 5 – warning tracks Ranger Pro will be spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect player safety
Woodstock Equestrian Park 4/13 – 4/17/20
New Dates
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bioretention at 20320 Darnestown Rd. SE corner of back parking lot Three-Way will be spot sprayed to target mugwort to support plant health
Brookside Gardens 4/7/20 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Rose Garden, Formal Garden Cherry trees, Planting Bed East of Conservatory Armada will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to support plant health
Brookside Gardens 4/6 – 4/10/20 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rose Garden Treflan will be applied as a granular application to target broadleaf weeds to support plant health
Brookside Gardens 4/6 – 4/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Japanese Black Pines at Reflection Terrace and Gude Garden Island Zyban will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to support plan health
Brookside Gardens 4/6 – 4/10/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stream banks Aquaneat will be spot sprayed to target invasive/noxious weeds to restore habitat and protect ecosystem
Brookside Gardens 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Japanese Black Pines at Reflection Terrace and Gude Garden Island Phyton will be sprayed to prevent fungal disease to support plant health
Brookside Gardens 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gude Garden and Reflection Terrace landscape beds and tree circles Prosecutor Pro will be  spot sprayed to target broadleaf weeds to protect plantings
Black Hill Regional Park 4/13 – 4/18/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. landscape beds around the Northern Parks Office Prosecutor Pro will be  spot sprayed to suppress plant growth to protect amenities and infrastructure
Black Hill Regional Park 4/13 – 4/18/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. landscape beds at the Park Police Substation Snapshot will be applied as a granular application to suppress plant growth to protect amenities and infrastructure
Germantown Town Center Urban Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. landscape bed along stone walkway Surflan will be spot sprayed to target noxious weeds to support plan health
Sundown Road Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Baseball fields Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Laytonsville Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Baseball and soccer fields Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Mount Zion Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Baseball field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Cherrywood Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Bowie Mill Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer fields Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Flower Valley Neighborhood Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Nike Missile Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Baseball field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Stoneybrook Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Buck Branch Neighborhood Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Calverton Galway Local Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field #4 Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety
Northwest Branch Recreational Park 4/13 – 4/17/20 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soccer field #2 Safer Play 10-0-2 will be broadcast spread to target crabgrass for player safety

*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: April 9, 2020