The following is an excerpt of an article that appeared on 8/19/13 in the on-line edition of Turf Magazine:
“The Takoma Park Safe Grow Act of 2013 is not a total ban on pesticide use on public and private properties. It applies only to lawns and not to gardens. It also permits the use of herbicides to kill invasive and noxious weeds, and also the use of insecticides to kill disease-carrying insects.
Local residents Julie Taddeo and Catherine Cummings drafted the ordinance. The two women began their anti-pesticide campaign in 2011 after seeing residents spray their yards to kill dandelions. Fearful that pesticides are harmful to their children and also the environment, they initially attempted to educate neighbors to quit using lawn care pesticides. Eventually, they launched a full-fledged campaign for a local law to forbid the use of most commonly used lawn care pesticides on public and private properties within their small city. The success of lawn care pesticide bans in Canada inspired them to keep campaigning for the ban.
The city will offer public educational materials (brochures, classes and public forums) to encourage compliance with the new restrictions on pesticides.”