Pesticides and your garden centre

February 18, 2009
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In 2008, both the Alberta and Ontario governments announced separate proposed plans to limit the use of cosmetic pesticides.

While the Alberta weed and feed ban won’t take affect until 2010, the Ontario government has announced that provincial ban will go into effect on April 22, Earth Day.

The ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, parks and school yards, and includes many herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Over 250 products will be banned for sale and more than 80 pesticide ingredients will be banned for cosmetic uses. For more information on which chemicals are banned, download the government's retailer fact sheet and visit the pesticide section of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's website.

In the midst of these changes, I wanted to ask you: how are you preparing for the Ontario ban at your garden centre? What alternatives will you be offering your customers and how do you plan to educate customers about these alternatives? What are you doing with banned product that you still have in your inventory? Are you concerned that your customers will seek out their pesticide products across the border?

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