The city of Boise, Idaho is committing to a series of tests for the potential overhaul of their Integrated Pest Management guidelines. The Pesticide Reduction Pilot Program has been set up to strategically test alternative and emerging methods of pest control within strategic park sites throughout the city.
The stated goal of the program is to “use a variety of methods to manage grass, soil, tree wells and other landscaped areas while studying the effects of a reduction in synthetic chemical use. … The city will also be monitoring how these methods affect maintenance standards and resource management.”
Pilot sites were chosen with a “set of criteria needed to gather a variety of data on pesticide reduction tactics, study park maintenance impacts and monitor department resource management.”
The city provided details of the plans for each pilot site which describe the new methods that will be used at each site. The plans also provide the public with information on what they can expect as a result of the changes.
Two of the primary implementations will be raised mower height and less frequent mowing, and discontinuance or reduced glyphosate use around tree wells and mulched areas. As such, the most visible results for citizens will be longer grass and greater plant diversity.
Some sites will implement more trial-based methods of pest control. Corn Gluten Meal will be used at one site, while another will use Chelated Iron, both as tests for Broadleaf control. One site will be partnering with the Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Detail for manual maintenance of mulch beds, while another site will use torches to spot treat turf.
Every site has the goal of reducing glyphosate use (a non-selective herbicide), and some sites are also trying to reduce Broadleaf selective herbicide use as well.
For further reading we recommend visiting the Pesticide Reduction Pilot Program page. If you are interested in learning more about Integrated Pest Management or Cultural Practices for Turf we recommend checking out your state page (see menu below) to view our course offerings on these and other topics.
Online Pesticide Professional Continuing Education
State-approved video continuing education courses are available 24/7.