Pesticide policy not to blame for ugly weeds in road cracks

Pesticide policy not to blame for ugly weeds in road cracks

Robert Barron,

The Daily NewsPublished: Saturday, July 14, 2012

The growing proliferation of unsightly weeds in cracks in the centre medians of the city's thoroughfares this summer likely has little to do with the city's ban on many toxic pesticides, says to Coun. Jim Kipp.In 1994, the city decreed that care for all city-owned properties must be done in accordance with the integrated pest management system. The system doesn't completely eliminate the use of chemicals, but city workers must try all other means available before any of the stronger pesticides can be used.However, Kipp said the weeds that are growing through the concrete and asphalt on Nanaimo's streets and roads is probably not connected to the pesticide ban.

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