Have you ever heard that the Province of Quebec Canada is Pesticide Free?
Here is an example that many places in Quebec still do use Pesticides.
City urges care with pesticides
With Spring in the air Sherbrooke residents may be thinking about getting a little help from lawn care companies to turn their lawns from lacklustre to lush but the City is reminding them to use caution, especially when it comes to pesticides.
Both the public and lawn treatment companies must respect the pesticide regulations that limit the amount of applications set in 2003 or they could face fines.
Companies offering commercial pesticide services to residents are required to meet provincial government guidelines and posses a licence that has been issued by the City.
A list of accredited companies is available on the City’s website at sherbrooke.ca/environnement , under the Pesticides Section, “Choose a lawn care company” (Choisir une entreprise d’entretien des pelouses).
Despite the accreditation, the City is prompting citizens to avoid using commercial pesticides and instead opt to use ecologically friendly alternatives.
This summer a green patrol of eight students and two coordinators will once again make their rounds to ensure public compliance and discuss pesticide alternatives. Starting at the end of May the patrol can be contacted by calling 819-823-8000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 819-823-8000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext 6352.
According to the City more and more companies are offering treatments. To encourage a pesticide-free lawn, the City is inviting the public to attend a free seminar on the commercial pesticides alternatives on May 25 at 7 p.m. in Room 307-308 of the new Cœur-Immaculé cultural and community centre, 987 rue du Conseil.
A pesticide regulation guide for the City of Sherbrooke is available through borough offices, libraries and the city’s website at sherbrooke.ca/environnement, in the ecological Lawn Section.