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.
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.
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:
The athletic fields pilot program will 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 (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
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 Time Range||Description of Area to be Treated||Product||Reason|
|Olney Manor Recreational Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2,3,4,5 infield/warning tracks||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Fairland Recreational Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2 infield/warning tracks||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Layhill Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 2,4, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Greenwood Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Ednor local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Columbia Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2,3, Infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|East Norbeck Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2, infield/Warning Tracks||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Manor Oaks Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Field 1, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Cloverly Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Burtonsville Local Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Fields 1,2, infield||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Northwest Branch Recreational Park||7/23-8/17/18||6 am – 2pm||Field 1, infield/warning tracks||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park||8/13-8/17/18||6:30a-3pm||MLK Field #3||Drive||Weed control|
|Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #2||8/13-8/17/18||7am-5pm||Low lying areas natural areas along beach drive||Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A||Non-Native Invasive Plant Management|
|Little Bennett Regional Park||8/13-8/17/18||7am-5pm||Natural/unmowed areas along edges of access road and perimeter of campground||Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A||Non-Native Invasive Plant Management|
|South Germantown Recreational Park||8/13-8/17/18||6am-2pm||Fields C, D, E, F||Dylox||Grubs|
|Redland Local Park||8/13-8/17/18||6am-3pm||Soccer Field||Drive and Revolver||Weed control|
|Brookside Gardens||8/6 – 8/17/18||7:00am – 4:00pm||Spot treatment in common turf areas||Sedgehammer||Nutsedge weed control|
|Meadowbrook Local Park||8/13 – 8/17/18||7am-5pm||Low lying areas natural areas along beach drive and Meadowbrook LP||Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A||Non-Native Invasive Plant Management|
|Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #7||8/13 – 8/17/18||7am-5pm||low lying natural areas along bike path in Rock Creek SVU#7||Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A||Non-Native Invasive Plant Management|
|Blair Local Park||8/20 – 8/24/18||6am-11am||Baseball Field #1||Pylex and Three-Way||Weed Control|
|Brookside Gardens||8/21 – 8/23/18||7am-3pm||Spot treatment in common turf areas||Confront||Weed Control|
|Rachel Carson Conservation Park||8/20 – 8/27/18||7am-5pm||along edge of meadow and up to 50ft into the adjacent woodline||Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A||Non-Native Invasive Plant Management/Habitat Restoration|
|Olney Manor Recreational Park||8/20 – 8/24/18||7am-2pm||Fields 1,2,3,4,5||Prosecutor Pro||Weed control|
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 website with signage installed on site.
Please contact Montgomery Parks if you have any questions.