Safe Grow Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Safe Grow Act restricts the use of pesticides for cosmetic lawn care in the City of Takoma Park. Starting March 1, 2014, Takoma Park will prohibit commercial applicators from applying restricted pesticides for lawn care purposes on private property or public rights-of-way in the City. Starting January 1, 2015, the law will apply to all individuals and will prohibit the use of restricted pesticides for lawn care purposes. Passage of the Safe Grow Act marks the first time that a United States municipality the size of Takoma Park has used its authority to broadly restrict pesticide use on private and public property.

The Safe Grow Act's list of restricted pesticides includes pesticide and pesticide products that are known causes of cancer or endocrine disruptors. Additionally, restricted items have been identified by environmental agencies in the United States, European Union, and Canada as having other toxicity characteristics. Exceptions exist for the control of certain noxious weeds, invasive species, and for public health pests. More information on the law can be found at: