Municipal Integrated Pest Management Lawn Demonstration Project: Final Report

Cheong, G.
Fearman, S.
Gunn, E.
Charbonneau, P.
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Guelph Turfgrass Institute

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of an experimental Integrated Pest Management (IPM), against an industry standard, and no pesticide approaches lawn maintenance. Trials were conducted in different locations (Guelph, Brantford, and London) to illustrate the impact that the different lawn maintenance programs have in relation to an area's microclimate. 50-66.6% of pesticide applications each year implemented an integrated pest management strategy for all home lawn turf pests. 99 % by year three at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and 98% at Brantford of the total area of turf treated with pesticides in the IPM plots vs. the conventional plots saw a reduction. Data saw that mowing height affected turf quality, but to a lower extent than fertility. Homeowners who want to reduce pesticide use can achieve a healthy lawn with very few weeds (10% or less) by annual applications of 2.0 kg of nitrogen per 100m 2 per season applied in 4 applications and by mowing at 8 cm.

Guelph Turfgrass Institute, Annual reports, 2005, Integrated Pest Management, pesticide, home lawn, weeds, sandy loam rootzone, Lawn demonstration project, broadleaf weeds, crabgrass, fertilizer
Cheong, G., S. Fearman, E. Gunn, and P. Charbonneau. 2005. Municipal integrated pest management lawn demonstration project: Final report. Guelph Turfgrass Inst. Res. Rep. 19:p. 47-75.