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    1. 1. The Effects & Consequences of the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Johan Bossers, CIM President, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario
    2. 2. Historical Perspective <ul><li>Growing green movement has effected every aspect of consumer life </li></ul>
    3. 3. Historical Perspective <ul><li>Environmentalists have raised concerns and lobbied for change in relation to pesticide application and public exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure for change and citizen involvement has increased over the years </li></ul>
    4. 4. Government Legislation <ul><li>Government legislation in the form of the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban became law on April 22, 2009 – Ontario Earth Day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Banning the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law applies to all residents of Ontario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law applies to individual home owners, companies as well as city controlled land </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Defining Pesticide <ul><li>“ 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). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are many classifications of pesticides. The most common are: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HERBICIDES FUNGICIDES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INSECTICIDES MITICIDES </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Cosmetic Pesticide The term &quot; Cosmetic Pesticide &quot; has been defined as any pest control product used to improve appearance or aesthetics.
    7. 7. Classes Detail the Particulars of the Legislation <ul><li>Under the new law, there are 11 classes of pesticides in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule 5 & 6 are the less harmful pesticides that can be used by home owners. This includes, mouse bait, insect repellants, wasp spray </li></ul><ul><li>Class 7 pesticides, includes pesticides that can be used but only for non cosmetic purposes and mostly by licensed exterminators </li></ul>
    8. 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. 9. What does this ban mean for property owners <ul><li>A select number of chemical products can still be purchased but cannot by law be applied for cosmetic use (Round Up, Insect Control </li></ul><ul><li>A select number of chemical products can be applied with certain parameters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Need to be Aware of Details <ul><li>Some chemicals can be purchased but their use is very specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Exceptions <ul><li>Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Golf Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Specialty Turf </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Fields </li></ul><ul><li>Trees </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Public Works </li></ul>
    12. 12. Other Options <ul><li>Change to Natural/ Organic Lawn Care </li></ul><ul><li>Do Nothing </li></ul>
    13. 13. Do Nothing <ul><li>Lawn will still grow </li></ul><ul><li>Lawn will become less healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Unwanted vegetation will take over </li></ul><ul><li>Lawn will become less resistant against drought and insects </li></ul>
    14. 14. Organic Lawn Care <ul><li>Soil analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Aerating </li></ul><ul><li>Dethatching </li></ul><ul><li>Over seeding </li></ul><ul><li>Improve soil conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Proper Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Feed the soil, not the grass </li></ul>
    15. 15. Soil Analysis <ul><li>Determine fertility requirements for turf </li></ul><ul><li>Determine PH (most cool turf grasses prefer a PH between 6.0 to 7.2) </li></ul><ul><li>Most nutrients are available between a PH of 6.0 and 7.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Determine levels of organic matter in your soil </li></ul>
    16. 16. Aerating <ul><li>Improves air circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Improves water penetration </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates root growth </li></ul><ul><li>Top dresses the lawn </li></ul>
    17. 17. Dethatching <ul><li>Removes built up thatch </li></ul><ul><li>Increases air circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Increases water penetration </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces insect damage </li></ul>
    18. 18. Over Seeding <ul><li>All sodded lawns are mono-culture </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces new grass varieties </li></ul><ul><li>Thickens up weak lawn areas </li></ul><ul><li>Makes lawn more insect/disease resistant </li></ul><ul><li>Makes lawn more drought resistant </li></ul>
    19. 19. Improve soil conditions <ul><li>Add sand ( if soil is heavy clay) </li></ul><ul><li>Add compost </li></ul>
    20. 20. Proper Maintenance <ul><li>Never cut more than 1/3 rd of length of grass blade </li></ul><ul><li>Raise lawn mower to 3” all year or during dry periods </li></ul><ul><li>Leave clippings on the lawn ( but prevent thatch) </li></ul><ul><li>Water once per week when required for 2 hours </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilize (feed the soil) 3 or more times per year </li></ul>
    21. 21. Questions <ul><li>Thank you for your interest ! </li></ul><ul><li>Johan Bossers </li></ul><ul><li>A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Ltd., Stratford, Ontario </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>