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TAG: pesticides

County in Maryland bans pesticide use

October 8, 2015By

Montgomery County, Md., became the first major locality in the U.S. to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on private lawns, the Washington Post reports. The ban goes into effect in 2018. The County Council voted 6-to-3 to prohibit use of the chemicals after a public debate Oct. 6. The ban does not establish a method or unit to enforce... read more

Actively seeking solutions

August 20, 2015By

As many turf and ornamental pesticide active ingredients have gone off patent, LCOs have more choices when it comes to product selection. How do you decide whether 
to use a patented or off-patent pesticide product? 1. Consider profitability. Most lawn care companies operate on slim margins and are affected by factors outside their operational control—such as the weather or how... read more

EPA wants tougher ‘restricted-use’ standards

August 10, 2015By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides. The agency will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 90 days at under docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183 once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. EPA said the goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication... read more

Step by Step: How to store pesticides

May 13, 2015By
Illustration: David Preiss

Pesticides require special attention when it comes to storing them. Proper storage helps extend the pesticide’s shelf life and prevent injuries. Here’s where and how to safely store your pesticides. –Location. Store pesticides in a location (locked or latched) that’s cool, dry, well lit and ventilated. They should be kept away from vehicles, potable water, protective clothing, fertilizers, gasoline and... read more

Download: How to store pesticides

May 8, 2015By

Featured is a PDF version of the May 2015 Step by Step on “How to store pesticides” for use in company training efforts. Click here to download. read more

BeeSafe launches ‘Optimized Organics’ program

March 23, 2015By

BeeSafe Organic Lawn Care is offering a more budget friendly version of its organic lawn care service. The new program, called “Optimized Organics,” is the result of several years of advanced product development and a redefinition of standards when it comes to what is acceptable in an organic approach. “Homeowners want fewer chemicals used around their homes; it’s plain and simple,”... read more