AP News | 04/01/11 08:40 am
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department cut its use of synthetic pesticides almost in half from 2009 to 2010.
The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the city now plans to use only organic pesticides on most park property starting this spring.
The department's most commonly used synthetic pesticide has been glyphosate, an herbicide found in such products as Roundup weed killer. Use declined from 22 gallons in 2009 to 13 gallons last year.
The organic pesticides do come with a higher price tag.
Glyphosate cost the department just over $300 in 2010. An organic alternative will cost nearly $10,000 in 2011.