Luther College will spray the lawns with herbicides to provide well-maintained, visually attractive grounds for Luther students, employees and visitors and to control undesirable weeds on athletic fields, according to a release from the College.
Weather permitting, the date for spraying is the afternoon of Friday, May 30, with Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, set as backup days as needed.
In response to community requests, Gary Brickman, manager of environmental services has established a no-spray "buffer zone" that will be observed around the pool lawn so that the play area for children is protected. Other no-spray "buffer zones" include the dike areas, edible landscape areas and the Sustainability House. Spraying will take place after normal work hours and on weekends.
Rob Larson, vice president for communications and marketing said, "As is the college's practice, Luther will engage in the use of herbicides to assist in maintaining the green spaces on campus. A number of modifications to our application process have been made to ensure that wind variability is taken into account with anemometer readings and that additional space is used as a buffer between Luther green space and public space particularly in the area of the community pool."
Application of herbicides is done according to the product guidelines and in compliance with the Material Safety Data Sheet, which is maintained for all products used. The Material Safety Data Sheet that contains information on the potential health effects of exposure to chemicals, or other potentially dangerous substances, and on safe working procedures users should adhere to when handling chemical products.
Wind speeds will be checked before the herbicide is sprayed. In no case will product be applied when the wind speed exceeds 10 miles per hour.
A representative of Luther's Facilities Services will be present during the herbicide application process.