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Luther College announces lawn-spraying day

Posted: Wed, Oct 3, 2018 9:07 AM

Luther College has announced it will spray the college's lawns with herbicides later this month.

Weather permitting, the date for spraying is the evening of Friday, October 12th, with Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th, set as back up days as needed.

In response to community requests, Luther Facilities Services assistant director Ivan Hackman has established a no-spray "buffer zone" that will be observed around the Decorah Swimming 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.

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 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.