June 18, A Trial Run
This is my first “blog.” I know others do it and I get the concept, but I’m not terribly technically savvy and I’ve put off jumping on the blog bandwagon. Maybe that’s why I gravitated to organic lawn care; it’s a straight-forward, common sense approach to landscaping.
In any event, this blog will be related to anything and everything to do with organic lawn care, tree care, landscape care and gardening in general. It will be very heavy on news items from across North America. My goal is to educate you about lawn care issues, but most of all to inspire you to take action in your own community. So, here goes. It was announced today that the province of New Brunswick in Canada will now join the provinces of Quebec and Ontario in an outright ban on lawn and garden pesticides that are still used here in the U.S. Here is an article that appeared today in the New Brunswick newspaper.
FREDERICTON (CNB) – The sale and use of more than 200 over-the-counter
lawn care pesticide products, and the use of all 2,4-D products on
domestic lawns in the province, will be banned by the Department of
Environment as of fall 2009.
In addition to the ban, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) accreditation
will be mandatory in February 2010 for those carrying out lawn care
services involving commercial-grade pesticides, and the 1974
Pesticides Control Act will be reviewed with a goal of further
reducing the unnecessary use of pesticides in the province within two
Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today.
“During the 90-day consultation period on the subject of lawn care
pesticides which took place last summer and fall, more than 1,400 New
Brunswickers shared their comments, and it was clear that the use of
these pesticides is a concern,” said Haché.
New Brunswick is the first province in Atlantic Canada, and the third
in Canada, to adopt a comprehensive product ban on lawn care
“New Brunswickers shared their views with us, and as a government we
listened,” said Haché. “We are moving ahead with a ban on over-the-
counter pesticide products for homeowners and businesses alike.
Reducing the reliance on pesticides in the province will contribute to
a sustainable environment and a self-sufficient New Brunswick by
The product ban targets lawn care pesticide products on the retail
market that are most likely to be overused and misused. This includes
combination fertilizer/pesticide products, granular spreadable weed
killers, hose-end products, and lawn care pesticides that require
measuring, mixing or dilution by the homeowner.
The new IPM provisions will include requirements for businesses and
lawn care professionals to significantly reduce their reliance on
blanket treatment, and will instead promote spot treatment of problem
The requirements for IPM accreditation, which include training and
certification, will be included in all operating permits for
professionals and companies. Individuals who sell or use a banned
product, and professionals who fail to comply with the terms of IPM
accreditation, will be subject to prosecution under the Pesticides
Since the maintenance of specialty turf is the business of golf
courses, they will be able to use products containing 2,4-D, providing
that the products are applied within IPM provisions.
While pesticide treatment of public areas such as parks and sports
fields, as well as school yards and hospital grounds, would still be
possible, the new regulatory restrictions would apply.
These new changes will not affect the use of pesticides in
agricultural or forestry operations. From a municipal perspective, the
measures mean that pesticides will be regulated on a provincewide
basis, rather than at the community level.
“Our ban focuses on products that are misused and overused, and which
results in more pesticides being added to the environment than is
necessary,” said Haché. “In particular, the herbicide 2,4-D, which is
one of the most widely used lawn care pesticides, will be banned
because of its widespread use and its potential to be overused and
misused. As a government, we committed to making a decision in spring
of 2009 on the use of lawn care pesticides, and we believe that this
decision is in the best interest of all New Brunswickers. This ban
will contribute to an improved environment and quality of life for all
residents of the province.”
Last year, the departments of Environment, Health, Agriculture and
Aquaculture, and Local Government formed a working group to address
the issue of lawn care pesticides in the province.
In the coming weeks, information will be made available to the public
and stakeholders about the ban and how lawns can be managed without
relying on routine pesticide spraying.
Since the actions announced today can be implemented within current
legislation and regulations, the province is able to take immediate
steps to put these measures in place. By implementing the ban in the
fall of 2009, retailers and lawn care companies will have sufficient
notice to remove these products from their inventories in advance of
the 2010 lawn and gardening season.
The Department of Environment is responsible for the implementation of
the Clean Environment Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the
Pesticides Control Act, and the Beverage Containers Act through early
planning, pollution prevention initiatives and the administration of
permits and approvals.