Pesticide Application

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Integrated Pest Management

The City of Colorado Springs Parks Department follows an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy that focuses on using a multi-faceted approach to better defend against pests. The objective is to control weeds in the City parks, open spaces, and public right of ways and insects that can be damaging to the urban tree canopy. The best weed control is a healthy, vigorously growing stand of turf grass that can out compete weeds.  We accomplish this by focusing on cultural practices such as mowing, fertilizing, irrigating, soil aeration/dethatching, topdressing, and overseeding.  Herbicides are then used, if needed, as a last line of defense.

The principles of our IPM procedures are as follows:

  1. Prevention- This is the most effective pest management strategy. By reducing the capacity of the ecosystem to support the target weed or pest populations through design and appropriate management, the opportunities for weed and pest establishment can be reduced or eliminated.
  2. Cultural- Cultural control is the use of management activities that prevent weeds and pests from developing due to enhancement of desired conditions.
  3. Mechanical - Mechanical control is accomplished by using physical methods or mechanical equipment to control weeds and pests. Mowing and hand pulling of weeds can be very effective.
  4. Biological - Biological controls include the introduction or enhancements of natural enemy populations to target weeds or pests.
  5. Chemical - When chemical control of weeds or pests is necessary General Use herbicides are applied. No Restricted Use pesticides will be used in park landscapes.

The majority of the herbicide applications that take place in our park system are performed by outside contractors.  All applicators are commercially certified and licensed through Colorado Department of Agriculture and only apply products that are registered through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to the application being made the applicator will place yellow flags at conspicuous points of entry into the area indicating that an herbicide has been applied. When the herbicide is applied the applicators make spot treatments and only apply to areas containing target weeds. The area is safe to reenter once the product has dried.

For the State of Colorado Noxious Weed list visit:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-species

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Pesticide Application Schedule

This schedule is updated on a weekly basis during the growing season. Always look for the Pesticide application flags that are placed out before application and left up for 24 hours after application.

If there are any questions regarding the application, please contact the Jarod Clayton at jclayton@springsgov.com or call 719-385-6507.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to weather and scheduled activities.

Starting May 27, weather dependent

Location:  Native hillside at S/E corner of Briargate Parkway and Austin Bluffs, behind sidewalk on south side of Briargate Parkway heading east   towards   Brainard Dr.

General Area sprayed: Native

Trade Name: Hardball

Active Ingredients:  2,4D 19.6%

To Control: Invasive weeds in native vegetation

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Location:  BELOW
General Area Treated: Turf grass and native grass areas
Trade Name: Nutralene

Active Ingredient: Methylene Urea

Locations:

  • Bristol                                  
  • Franklin                                               
  • True’s Mill
  • Bonforte                                             
  • Henry                                   
  • Roy Benavidez
  • Roswell                                               
  • Heathercrest                    
  • Penstemon
  • North Shook’s Run         
  • Palmer Park                       
  • Prairie Grass
  • Poco Shook’s Run           
  • Madison                                             
  • Sagebrush
  • Frank Waters                    
  • Wilson                                 
  • Twain
  • Prairie Dog                         
  • Audubon                                            
  • Wildflower
  • Pike                                                      
  • Betty Krouse                     
  • Printer’s Parkway
  • Boulder                                               
  • Lunar                                    
  • Adams
  • Wasson                                               
  • Otis                                                       
  • Wagner
  • Jefferson                                                                                                            
  • Honey Bear, Little Britches,                                                                                                        
  • Mountain View, Happy Hallow,                                                                                                                                  
  • Munchkin    (MINI PARKS)

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Scheduled for the week of May 27, weather depending

Location: Mid Shook’s Run between Bijou and Boulder

General Area Treated: Landscape beds

Trade Name: Miri Michi Green

Active Ingredients: Ammonium Nonanoate

Target Pest: Unwanted grasses and broadleaf weeds

Starting May 20, weather dependent

Fertilizer applications scheduled for the week of May 20, weather dependent

Location: Most City Parks

General Area Treated: Turf grass and native grass areas

Trade Name: Nutralene

Active Ingredient: Methylene Urea

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Location: Jackson Park, Pinecliff Park, Golden Hills Park, Foothills Park, Discovery Park, Woodstone Park, Woodmen Valley Park, Marshall Sprague Park, Oak Valley Park, Wilson Ranch Park, Mountain Shadows Park, Pinion Valley Park.

General Area: Turf grass and native grass areas

Trade Name: Nutralene and Richlawn Organic Fertilizer

Active Ingredient: Methylene Urea and Dehydrated Poultry Manure

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Location: Mid Shook’s Run between Bijou and Boulder

General Area Treated: Landscape beds

Trade Name: Miri Michi Green

Active Ingredients: Ammonium Nonanoate

Target Pest: Unwanted grasses and broadleaf weeds

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Parks Treated:  North Athletic District, to include: Goose Gossage Sports Complex, Cottonwood Creek Park and Recreation Center, Ford Frick Park, Rampart Park, Venezia Community Park

Trade Name:  HardBall

Active Ingredients:  2, 4-D

To Control:  Broadleaf Weeds

Locations:  All turf areas

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Location: Ford Frick Park

General Area Treated: Native Grass Areas

Trade Name: Confront, Quicksilver

Active Ingredients: Triclopyr, Clopyralid, Carfentrazone

Target Pest: Broadleaf weeds

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Location: Centennial Medians (between Garden of the Gods, north to Mule Deer) Buckskin Charlie Park

General Area Treated: Native Grass Areas

Trade Name: Dismiss

Active Ingredients: Sulfentrazone

Target Pest: Broadleaf weeds

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Location: Memorial Park

General Area Treated: Rock/mulch areas east of the Veledrome

Trade Name: Ranger Pro, SureGuard

Active Ingredients: Glyphosate, Flumioxazin

Target Pest: Grassy and broadleaf weeds

Starting May 8-18, 2019, weather pending

May 16- 20, 2019, weather depending

Parks Treated:  Antelope Ridge (right of way), High Meadows Park, Horace Shelby Park, Jack Templeton Park, Jared Jensen Park, Ken Jordan Park, Laura Gilpin Park, Old Farm Park, Old Farm Shop, Otero Park, Pring Ranch Park, Remington Park, Rudy Park, Sandstone Park, Snowy River Park, Springs Ranch Park, and Stetson Park

Trade Name:  Speedzone

Active Ingredients:  2, 4-D

To Control:  Broadleaf Weeds

Locations:  All turf areas

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Starting May 8-18, 2019, weather pending

Locations:

  • Acacia Park, 120 E Bijou St.
  • America the Beautiful, 126 Cimino Drive 80903
  • Antlers Park, 31 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 80903
  • Blunt Park, 2329 W. Vermijo
  • Boulder Crescent , 302 N. Cascade Ave
  • Bricker Park, 4860 Dover Dr 80916
  • Broadmoor Bluffs , 5315 Farthing Dr 80906
  • Broadmoor Glen Park, 4035 Danceglen Dr 80906
  • Broadmoor Valley Park, 3750 Broadmoor Valley Dr 80906
  • Bunker Hill, 21st & Naegle Road
  • Cheyenne Meadows Park, 3868 Glenmeadow Dr 80906
  • City Hall,
  • Cucharras Park, 1121 W. Cucharras
  • Deerfield Park, 4290 Deerfield Hills Rd 80916
  • Dorchester Park, 1130 S Nevada Ave 80903
  • Fountain, 901 E Fountain Blvd 80903
  • Giberson Park, 2890 Ferber Dr 80916
  • Gold Camp Park, 1536 Gold Spike Terrace
  • Jenkins Park, 1019 Skyway Blvd S 80906
  • Meadowlark Park, 2709 Dickens Dr 80916
  • Meadows Park, 1990 S El Paso Ave 80906
  • Monterey Park, 2225 Monterey Rd 80910
  • Monument Valley, 170 W. Cache La Poudre 80903
  • Nancy Lewis, 2615 Logan Ave. 80907
  • Oak Meadows Park, 4960 Farthing Dr 80906
  • Pioneer Musuem , 215 S. Tejon St. 80903
  • Pioneer Park, 1101 Cenotaph Cir 80904
  • Shooks Run (Costilla - South of Fountain),
  • Smith, Sr. James H Park, 2205 Spring Blossom Dr 80910
  • Soaring Eagles Park, 3169 Spotted Tail Dr 80916
  • Van Diest Park, 1520 S Chelton Rd 80910
  • Vermijo Park, 2600 W Vermijo
  • Westmoor Park , 3315 Water St 80904

General Area Treated: Turf grass and native grass areas

Trade Name: Lesco 3-Way

Active Ingredients: 2,4-D Dimethylamine Salt (103) , Dicamba Dimethylamine Salt (68) , Mecoprop-p Dimethylamine Salt (14)

Target Pest:  Pre and Post emergent control of broadleaf weeds

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Dates: Week of May 13-17, weather dependent

  • Location: Red Rock Canyon Open Space
  • General Area Treated: Siberian elm sucker sprouts in Red Rock Canyon (SEEP MAP FOR TREATMENT AREAS
  • Trade Name: Garlon 4 Ultra
  • Active Ingredients: triclopyr

Target Pest: Control/kill elm suckers and eliminate this invasive tree

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For Week Starting: May 13 (Weather pending)

  • Location: Bonforte, Boulder, Twain and Wagner
  • General Area Treated: Ballfields
  • Trade Name: Esplanade EZ
  • Active Ingredients: Indaziflam, Diquat dibromide, Glyphosate isopropylamine salt

Target Pest: Pre and Post-emergent control of weeds

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Date:  the week of May 13; with the week starting May 20 as a backup for bad weather

Parks Treated:  Buckskin Charlie, Candleflower, Explorer, Fairfax, Frank Castello, Frontier, John Stone, Judge Lunt, Kathleen Marriage, Lulu Pollard, Mary Kyer, Wedgewood, West Creek, Eugene McCleary, Danville, Flanagan, Portal, Woodland Hills, Fred McKown

Trade Name:  Speedzone

Active Ingredients:  2, 4-D

To Control:  Broadleaf Weeds

Locations:  All turf areas

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For Week Starting: May 13 (Weather pending)

Locations:

  • Right of  Way and Medians
  • Barnes from Powers to Desert Varnish
  • Stetson Hills Blvd from Tutt to Antelope Ridge
  • Charlotte Pkwy
  • Jackpot Drive 
  • Bridal Spur Ave from Jackpot to Blackcloud Loop
  • Peterson from Stetson Hills to Barnes
  • Brahma Trail from Peterson to Weaver
  • Pring Ranch from Dapple Grey to Purcell
  • Anna Lee from Stetson Hills to Nester Way
  • Jedediah Smith Rd from Stetson Hills to Abilene Ridge
  • Rangewood: from Austin Bluffs to Lee Vance
  • Austin Bluffs: from Stetson Hills Blvd to E. Woodmen Rd
  • Templeton Gap: from Austin Buffs to Daylight Point
  • Vickers: from Rangewood to Trenary Lane
  • Dublin: From west Montarbor entrance to Oakwood Blvd
  • Bridal Pass: from Dublin to Austin Bluffs
  • Range Ranch: from Bridal Pass to Butterfield
  • Duryea: From Bridal Pass to Butterfield

General Area Sprayed: Turf Areas

Trade Name: Surge

Active Ingredients:

 Sulfentrazone .67%

2,4D 18.79%

Mecoprop-p 6.8%

Dicamba 3.02%

To Control: Broadleaf weeds in turf

Treatment by Contractor:  Integrated Lawn and Tree Care  

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Dates: Week of May 15, weather dependent

  • Location: Park and Recreation Main Office (1401 Recreation Way), Leon Young Sports Complex, Skyview Sports Complex, Memorial Park
  • General Area Treated: Turf and Native grass areas
  • Trade Name: Speedzone
  • Active Ingredients: Carfentrazone, 2-4, D, Mecoprop, Dicamba
  • Target Pest: Broadleaf weeds

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  • Location: Judge Lunt Park
  • General Area Treated: Turf and Native grass areas
  • Trade Name: Confront
  • Active Ingredients: Triclopyr, Clopyralid

Target Pest: Broadleaf weeds