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News - May 28, 2010

Too many pests? Palo Alto parks try traps and 'bee tunnels'

City's pest-control programs significantly reduce use of chemical sprays

by Sue Dremann

When sun-seekers lie on the lawn at the tiny Sarah Wallis Park near California Avenue these days, they can rest assured they are not brushing up against toxic pesticides.

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Posted by Laurel Marshall, a resident of Barron Park
on May 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

This is very encouraging. It's great to see Palo Alto be a leader in the exploring of alternatives to toxic chemicals on our public lawns. This is an issue that affects many of us; from childen to golfers, lawn bowlers, runners, or even dog walkers.

Posted by Kevin, a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

""No pesticides are used at all at Palo Alto Unified School District athletic fields for 13 elementary and three middle schools," he added."

What he doesn't tell us is that COSTS A LOT MORE to control weeds. I know a groundskeeper at one of our school, and he tells me that much more of his time is spent controling weeds, compared to when herbicides were allowed.

Aren't we trying to SAVE money in Palo Alto? Or is that just a rumor that our city council is spreading?

Posted by I Agree, a resident of another community
on May 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I agree with Kevin. It's extremely time and money-consuming to control weeds this way. Not to mention all the pollution (air and noise) from constantly using weed trimmers. Is this really an alternative to spraying once or twice a year? So we stop polluting the water and ground and pollute the air instead. Brilliant.

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