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  • Trees with Gypsy Moths are a major exception
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    • 1. The Effects & Consequences of the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Johan Bossers, CIM President, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario
    • 2. Historical Perspective
      • Growing green movement has effected every aspect of consumer life
    • 3. 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
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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:
    • 6. Cosmetic Pesticide The term " Cosmetic Pesticide " has been defined as any pest control product used to improve appearance or aesthetics.
    • 7. 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
    • 8. 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.
    • 9. 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
    • 10. 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
    • 11. Exceptions
      • Public Health
      • Natural Resources
      • Golf Courses
      • Specialty Turf
      • Sports Fields
      • Trees
      • Forestry
      • Public Works
    • 12. Other Options
      • Change to Natural/ Organic Lawn Care
      • Do Nothing
    • 13. 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
    • 14. Organic Lawn Care
      • Soil analysis
      • Aerating
      • Dethatching
      • Over seeding
      • Improve soil conditions
      • Proper Maintenance
      • Feed the soil, not the grass
    • 15. 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
    • 16. Aerating
      • Improves air circulation
      • Improves water penetration
      • Stimulates root growth
      • Top dresses the lawn
    • 17. Dethatching
      • Removes built up thatch
      • Increases air circulation
      • Increases water penetration
      • Reduces insect damage
    • 18. 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
    • 19. Improve soil conditions
      • Add sand ( if soil is heavy clay)
      • Add compost
    • 20. 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
    • 21. Questions
      • Thank you for your interest !
      • Johan Bossers
      • A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario