Message from Code Enforcement: SAFE GROW Celebrates 10 Years!
About the Safe Grow Act
The Safe Grow Act places restrictions on the use of cosmetic pesticides for lawn care on public and private property. Effective March 2014, the City prohibited commercial pesticide applicators from applying restricted pesticides for lawn care purposes on private property or public rights-of-way in the City. Safe Grow went into effect for property owners and tenants as of January 1, 2015.
The Safe Grow Act was the result of the combined efforts of two city residents who became concerned about the effects of lawn care chemicals on our health and environment. Their efforts to raise everyone’s awareness of this threat to all of our lives spread throughout Montgomery County, resulting in the creation of the Montgomery County Healthy Lawns Bill.
The City of Takoma Park’s list of restricted pesticides includes pesticides and pesticide products that are known to cause cancer and endocrine disruption and are identified by Canada, the European Union, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having other toxicity characteristics. Exceptions exist for the control of certain noxious weeds, invasive species, and public health pests.
The Safe Grow Advantage
Sustainable management practices result in better outcomes at a competitive cost. Takoma Park provides information on sustainable lawn care practices and products that can help residents maintain healthy lawns without the use of harmful chemicals; many of these resources are available on this page.