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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

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

Pesticide Application Notifications

The below table includes a schedule of upcoming pesticide applications to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 feet of a stream or creek.   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
Burtonsville Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1 & 2 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Cloverly Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1 & 2 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Columbia Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Cross Creek Club Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Field 1 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
East Norbeck Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Ednor Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1 & 2 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Fairland Recreational Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Greenwood Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1 & 2 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Layhill Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 2 & 4 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Manor Oaks Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Northwest Branch Recreational Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3, 5 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Olney Manor Recreational Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Southest Olney Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Fields 1 & 2 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Spencerville Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Field 1 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Stonegate Local Park 6/11 – 6/14/19 *New Dates 6am – 2pm Painted athletic lines on Field 1 T-Nex Growth Regulator Suppress Grass Growth
Little Bennett Regional Park 5/27 – 6/16/19 7am – 7pm Natural areas Clopyralid Noxious Weeds (thistle)
Oak Ridge Conservation Park 5/27 – 6/16/19 7am – 7pm Natural areas, meadows/reforestation areas Clopyralid Noxious Weeds (thistle)
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park 5/27 – 6/16/19 7am – 7pm Natural areas, meadows/along paths Clopyralid Noxious Weeds (thistle)
Arora Hills Local Park 5/27 – 6/16/19 7am – 7pm Natural areas, meadow areas Clopyralid Noxious Weeds (thistle)
North Germantown Greenway Stream Valley Park 6/17 – 6/21/19 *New Dates 7am – 5pm meadow/natural areas adjacent to paved hiking/biking trail Alligare and/or Mad Dog Plus Non-Native Invasive Vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Adventure Conservation Park 6/10 – 6/21/19 *Dates extended 7am – 5pm Throughout Meadows and woodlines separating meadows Alligare and/or Mad Dog Plus Non-Native Invasive Vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Meadowbrook Local Park  6/17 – 6/21/19   *New Dates 7am – 5pm Reforestation sites along Stream corridor Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A Non-Native Invasive Vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit #2  6/17 – 6/21/19   *New Dates 7am – 5pm Reforestation sites along Stream corridor Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A Non-Native Invasive vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Cabin John Athletic Area 6/10 – 6/14/19 6am-2pm Field #2 and Povich Field Dihydrogen Monoxcide Reduce heat stress
Washington Grove Conservation Park 6/10/19 – 6/21/19 *Updated dates 7am – 5pm throughout Meadows and woodline separating meadows Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A Non-Native Invasive vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Piedmont Crossing Local Park 6/10/19 – 6/21/19 *Updated dates 7am – 5pm small area of meadow between mowed walking trail and woodline Aquaneat Non-Native Invasive vegetation Management/habitat restoration
Damascus Recreational Park 6/17 – 6/21/19 7am – 5pm Natural areas/Forest interior, vegetation Research Plots Envoy Plus Graduate School Research Project on Non-Native Invasive Species
Ridge Road Recreational Park 6/17 – 6/21/19 7am – 5pm wooded areas around edges of ball field #3 and wooded lot between ballfield #3 and Rt.27 (Father Hurley blvd.) Aquaneat and/or Garlon 3A Non-Native Invasive Vegetation management/ Habitat Restoration
Calverton Galway Local Park 6/17 – 6/21/19 7am – 3pm Soccer field #4, inside orange construction fence Revolver and Drive XLR8 Eliminate crabgrass, goosegrass and other broadleaf weeds from newly sprigged bermuda grass field
Buck Branch Neighborhood Park 6/17 – 6/21/19 7am – 3pm Soccer field #1, inside chain link fence Revolver and Drive XLR8 Eliminate crabgrass, goosegrass and other broadleaf weeds from newly sprigged bermuda grass field

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.

Advanced notifications of pesticide applications

  • White pre-notification signs are posted 48 hours in advance at the site of applications to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 feet of a stream or creek.
  • 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.


 

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Last Updated: June 14, 2019