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William Golaski: Use of herbicide now saves labor, fuel later

To the editor:

Let’s talk about the field.

The best defense against weed and bugs in turf grass is a healthy thick stand of grass. This allows minimal room for weed and insects in the turf.

Less weeds, less insects, less need for any type of treatments.

Most organic turf programs call for overseeding one or two times a year. This means more trips with gas-powered equipment to do the overseeding. This entails more material, labor, cost and inferior fields, which add to player injury.

Herbicide one time, or years of work with gas-powered eguipment?

William Golaski



Readers comment on use of herbicide on playing fields

Friday, August 30, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today we present nine letters from readers about the disputed use of the herbicide Roundup on new athletic fields in Florence. The herbicide was applied Tuesday. Last week, some people questioned the wisdom of using the product near gardens and farms. Mayor David Narkewicz postponed the application in order to review the issue, but then last week approved …

Legacy Comments1

Continued use of herbicides encourages a dysfunctional cycle that includes weed resistance, nutrient poor soil, ugly turf, and more dollars down the drain. Overseeding with standard grass seed won't solve those problems. Briefly stated, organic turf management involves reading the weeds and soil, restoring missing nutrients so that it can function optimally, choosing seeds that will best meet usage and budgetary needs (i.e. low grow grass mixes), and then maintaining it properly). It's more aesthetically pleasing, healthier, and (once established) cheaper to maintain.

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