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 allows 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

The pilot program will consist of two fields at Laytonia Recreational Park, where a side-by-side comparison can be made.  Montgomery Parks will engage a team of turf grass experts from an accredited local university. The Parks Athletic Field team will oversee the program implementation, communicate with the university for program evaluation and monitor independent assessments for consistency and field quality. Parks will retain a qualified vendor to implement the program for one year, with options for additional years pending funding and initial results.

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, 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 of pest problems
  • Proper use of alternative practices
  • Communication to update staff on changes related to pesticide use in our parks

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 Time Range Description of Area to be Treated  Product Reason
North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit #3 8/5 –  8/16/19
*Dates extended
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Natural areas around native tree stands within meadow Garlon 3A and/or Aquaneat Foliar application of Garlon 3A and/or  Aquaneat  to treat invasive species to restore habitat and protect the ecosystem
Lois Y. Green Conservation Park 8/5 –  8/23/19
*Dates extended
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Natural areas around native tree stands within meadow Garlon 3A and/or Aquaneat Foliar application of Garlon 3A and/or  Aquanet  to treat invasive species to restore habitat and protect the ecosystem
Little Bennett Campground 8/13 – 8/16/19
*Updated dates
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Flagstone area at Contact Station/Gravel parking lot Cheetah Cheetah will be spot sprayed on broadleaf weeds to protect amenities and infrastructure
Little Bennett Day Use area 8/13 – 8/16/19
*Updated dates
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Mulch bed and gravel parking lot Cheetah Cheetah will be spot sprayed on broadleaf weeds to protect amenities and infrastructure
Brookside Gardens 8/15/19
*Updated date
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm all plants in the South Conservatory Conserve A foliar application of Conserve will be applied to all plants in the Butterfly Exhibit the South Conservatory to target insect pests to comply with the USDA permit guidelines.
Brookside Gardens 8/14/19
*Updated date
6:00 am – 9:00 pm Rose Gardens Armada A foliar application of Ramada will be applied to roses to prevent fungal disease and support plant health
Cabin John Athletic Area 8/12 – 8/16/19 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Fields 1,2,3,4,5,6 – fence lines and warning tracks Pylex & Confront Pylex & Confront will be spot sprayed on goosegrass,crabgrass, and broadleaf weeds on fence lines to maintain safe field conditions
Germantown Town Center Urban Park 8/12 – 8/23/19
*Updated dates
7:00 am – 2:30 pm landscape beds Prosecutor Pro, Sedgehammer Prosecutor Pro and Sedgehammer will be spot sprayed to on noxious and invasive weeds to protect plantings
Owens Local Park 8/12 – 8/16/19  7:00 am – 2:30 pm warning track Prosecutor Pro A foliar application of Prosecutor Pro will be applied to goosegrass and crabgrass on the warning track to maintain safe field conditions
Wheaton Regional Park 8/19 – 8/23/19 6:00 am – 12:00 pm train tracks Avenger, Sure Guard Avenger and Sure Guard will be spot sprayed on broadleaf weeds to protect amenities and infrastructure
Maydale Conservation Park 8/12 – 8/16/19 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Meadows wooded areas and along stream corridor Garlon 3A and Aquaneat A primarily foliar application of Garlon 3A and Aquaneat with option to stump treat invasive/noxious weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park 8/13/19 9:00 am  – 10:00 am Field #3, Soccer Revolver and Drive XLR8 A broadcast spread of Revolver and Drive XLR8 to remove ryegrass from Bermuda grass and crabgrass to support plant health
Blair Local Park 8/13/19 7:00 am – 9:00 am Field #1, Baseball Pylex A broadcast spread of pylex will be applied to target goosegrass and crabgrass to maintain safe field conditions
Fountain Hills Local Park 8/21 – 8/23/19 7:00 am – 2:30 pm Baseball field, warning track Prosecutor Pro Prosecutor Pro will be spot sprayed on the warning track to target goosegrass, crabgrass, noxious weeds/broadleaf weeds to maintain proper function
Pinecrest Local Park 8/19 – 8/23/19 5:00 am – 11:00 am Soccer field,  inside orange construction fence Drive XLR8 A foliar application of Drive XLR8 will be applied to goosegrass and crabgrass to support the field renovation
North Chevy Chase 8/18 – 8/23/19 6:00 am – 5:00 pm Natural Areas: wooded and unmowed areas throughout the entire park property, including wood edges bordering fields, trail edges, outside of the tennis court fence and along the fence line adjacent to community center and parking lot Garlon 3A and Rodeo A primarily foliar application of Garlon 3A and Rodeo to treat  invasive/noxious weeds to restore habitat & protect ecosystem
Laytonia Recreational Park 8/19 – 8/23/19 6:00 am – 2:00 pm Baseball field, outfield turf Sedgehammer Turf on the outfield will be spotsprayed with Sedgehammer to target nutsedge to ensure player safety
Laytonia Recreational Park 8/19 – 8/23/19 6:00 am – 2:00 pm Soccer fields 2 and 4 Battleship III A foliar application of Battleship III will be applied to turf on Soccer fields 2 & 4 to target carpet weed to meet standards for play
Laytonia Recreational Park 8/19 – 8/23/19 6:00 am – 2:00 pm Baseball bullpens and outfield Drive A foliar application of Drive will be applied to the bullpens and outfield to target crabgrass to meet standards for play
Brookside Gardens 8/19 – 8/20/19 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Service Hill /Non-Public Area; parking areas, gravel road ways, fence lines, side walks, building bases, wood chipped areas, mulch bed areas Prosecutor Pro Non-Public service area at Brookside Gardens will be spot sprayed with Prosecutor Pro to target invasive/noxious weeds, broadleaf weeds, crabgrass and  goose grass

*Montgomery Parks staff make every effort to notify the community when a pesticide application is scheduled. Dates of applications can change, or cancellations occur due to weather; also, occasional emergency applications may be needed.  As of June 24, 2019, this table has been expanded to include additional types of applications and contractor applications. This table previously listed applications to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 feet of a stream or creek in accordance with Code of Montgomery County Regulations Chapter 33B.

On-site Signage Procedures:

  • White signs pre-notify of planned application dates, pesticide product and the reason for an application to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 feet of a stream or creek.
  • Yellow signs are installed at the site at the time of application as required by the Maryland State Department of Agriculture and remain in place at least 48 hours following the pesticide application. For more details, look for a phone number listed on the sign.

Please contact Montgomery Parks if you have any questions.


 

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Last Updated: August 16, 2019