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BMP's and Pesticide Safety
Daviess County Master Gardeners
Spread Helpful Hints for Your Lawn and Home Landscape

BMP's? Do you know what a BMP is? Thanks to two Daviess County Master Gardeners people in Kentucky are not only learning what a BMP is but how and why they should use them around their homes.

"BMP" stands for Best Management Practice. With the assistance of Dr. Annette Meyer, Daviess County Extension Agent for Horticulture, Master Gardeners Mary Ann Madauss and Karen Stiff, developed two brochures, Best Management Practices for Handling Pesticides in the Home Landscape and Best Management Practices for the Lawn.

"Best Management Practices for the Lawn" tells how to encourage a healthy lawn while minimizing the potential for water contamination from fertilizers and pesticides.

"Best Management Practices for the Application, Storage, and Disposal of Pesticides for the Home Landscape" helps people understand the importance of the information found on a pesticide label. Tips on protecting the pesticide applicator and water supply and information on how to properly dispose of the pesticide are also included. In addition, the brochure explains the benefits of using integrated pest management in maintaining the home landscape.

The brochures contain practical and affordable techniques to help home owners protect the environment. Approximately 500 copies of each brochure were distributed in Daviess County through displays in cooperation with local nurseries and garden centers. The brochures are now available for use by other counties.

Kentucky IPM

Original document: 23 February 2000
Last updated: 23 February 2000

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