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  • The Effects & Consequences of the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Johan Bossers, CIM President, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario www.atouchofdutchlandscaping.com
  • Historical Perspective
    • Growing green movement has effected every aspect of consumer life
  • Historical Perspective
    • Environmentalists have raised concerns and lobbied for change in relation to pesticide application and public exposure
    • Pressure for change and citizen involvement has increased over the years
  • Government Legislation
    • Government legislation in the form of the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban became law on April 22, 2009 – Ontario Earth Day
      • Banning the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and gardens
      • Law applies to all residents of Ontario
      • Law applies to individual home owners, companies as well as city controlled land
  • Defining Pesticide
    • “ pesticide” means any organism, substance or thing that is manufactured, represented, sold or used as a means of directly or indirectly controlling, preventing, destroying, mitigating, attracting or repelling any pest or of altering the growth, development or characteristics of any plant life that is not a pest and includes any organism, substance or thing registered under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA, Canada).
      • There are many classifications of pesticides. The most common are:
      • HERBICIDES FUNGICIDES
      • INSECTICIDES MITICIDES
  • Cosmetic Pesticide The term " Cosmetic Pesticide " has been defined as any pest control product used to improve appearance or aesthetics.
  • Classes Detail the Particulars of the Legislation
    • Under the new law, there are 11 classes of pesticides in Ontario
    • Schedule 5 & 6 are the less harmful pesticides that can be used by home owners. This includes, mouse bait, insect repellants, wasp spray
    • Class 7 pesticides, includes pesticides that can be used but only for non cosmetic purposes and mostly by licensed exterminators
  • Class 7 Pesticides There are pesticides with both non-cosmetic uses and cosmetic uses listed in Class 7. Such pesticides will only be allowed for non-cosmetic purposes (as outlined in the previous slide). Retailers must notify you of this. For example, the use of a pesticide to control poison ivy cannot be used on patios or driveways to control weeds.
  • What does this ban mean for property owners
    • A select number of chemical products can still be purchased but cannot by law be applied for cosmetic use (Round Up, Insect Control
    • A select number of chemical products can be applied with certain parameters
      • Round Up can be used if the weed is noxious or the vegetation is a danger to the public health or agricultural or horticultural crop
  • Need to be Aware of Details
    • Some chemicals can be purchased but their use is very specific
      • Rodent control can be used inside your house but not outside unless it causes a danger to the public health or may cause damage to a structure
  • Exceptions
    • Public Health
    • Natural Resources
    • Golf Courses
    • Specialty Turf
    • Sports Fields
    • Trees
    • Forestry
    • Public Works
  • Other Options
    • Change to Natural/ Organic Lawn Care
    • Do Nothing
  • Do Nothing
    • Lawn will still grow
    • Lawn will become less healthy
    • Unwanted vegetation will take over
    • Lawn will become less resistant against drought and insects
  • Organic Lawn Care
    • Soil analysis
    • Aerating
    • Dethatching
    • Over seeding
    • Improve soil conditions
    • Proper Maintenance
    • Feed the soil, not the grass
  • Soil Analysis
    • Determine fertility requirements for turf
    • Determine PH (most cool turf grasses prefer a PH between 6.0 to 7.2)
    • Most nutrients are available between a PH of 6.0 and 7.0
    • Determine levels of organic matter in your soil
  • Aerating
    • Improves air circulation
    • Improves water penetration
    • Stimulates root growth
    • Top dresses the lawn
  • Dethatching
    • Removes built up thatch
    • Increases air circulation
    • Increases water penetration
    • Reduces insect damage
  • Over Seeding
    • All sodded lawns are mono-culture
    • Introduces new grass varieties
    • Thickens up weak lawn areas
    • Makes lawn more insect/disease resistant
    • Makes lawn more drought resistant
  • Improve soil conditions
    • Add sand ( if soil is heavy clay)
    • Add compost
  • Proper Maintenance
    • Never cut more than 1/3 rd of length of grass blade
    • Raise lawn mower to 3” all year or during dry periods
    • Leave clippings on the lawn ( but prevent thatch)
    • Water once per week when required for 2 hours
    • Fertilize (feed the soil) 3 or more times per year
  • Questions
    • Thank you for your interest !
    • Johan Bossers
    • A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario
    • www.atouchofdutchlandscaping.com