Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Canada bans Weed'n'Feed lawn products!

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), which regulates pesticides in that country, has announced the end of registration and legal sale of fertilizer/pesticide combination products in Canada, effective at the end of 2010:

"The PMRA, in conjunction with Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is taking action to uncouple the fertilizer-pesticide combination products intended for lawn and turf uses. A date of last sale of 31 December 2012 for fertilizer-pesticide combination products for lawn and turf uses has been set in order to allow for replacement products to be made available where needed."

The most common combination is fertilizer with a broad-leaf weed killer, usually 2,4-D and other similar herbicides.
"Turf fertilizers will continue to be available for broadcast application when needed. Pesticide-only products will also continue to be available for lawn care use to homeowners and commercial applicators for either spot treatments of localized weed patches or for use as broadcast applications to severely infested turf areas when warranted."

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