DCSD Fertilization and Weed Management Program
As part of our plan to maintain continuously safe and visually appealing outdoor settings in Douglas County School District, the grounds department regularly schedules fertilizer and weed control product applications on school grounds.
All product applications are performed in accordance with Federal, State, and Local regulations by personnel who are trained in proper application of the products and equipment usage. All fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides used in Douglas County Schools District are available over the counter and do not require any special liscensing or certification to apply.
Application takes place away from student/staff populations and done so to allow ample time for product to apply and dry prior to area usage. The technician only applies product if the situation is deemed safe, free from students, staff, animals, and windy/poor weather conditions.
Regular fertilization minimizes the impact that hundreds of students can have on these natural turf fields by feeding and strengthening to help protect against future problems. Fertilization also thickens the grass to crowd out potential weeds. In addition, fertilization of our natural play fields and lawns is to key to ensuring overall aesthetics.
The district fertilizes our fields and lawns three times a year approximately in April, July, & October. The majority of our fertilization is conducted by district contractors, on non-student contact days. Small areas are fertilized by trained & certified in district personnel.
The fertilizer used by Douglas County School District is in dry granular form, with ingredients such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Iron, and Potash in varying quantities. Dry pellets allow the fertilizer to feed the grass over a period of time. It also allows for a much safer application process.
Here in DCSD, we use:
Super Crop (or Similar)
MSDS - Super Crop
A herbicide is a pesticide used to kill unwanted plants. Selective herbicides kill certain target weeds while leaving the desired crop (grass, shrubs) relatively unharmed. Weed control products are specially selected for use to minimize risk to human health and the environment. All products used by Douglas County School District are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Before registering a product the EPA conducts extensive studies to determine the potential for risk to fish, wildlife, and groundwater. The EPA will only register a product if they can “ensure that the product, when used according to label directions, can be used with a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health and without posing unreasonable risk to the environment.
Here in DCSD, we currently use:
Confront, EPA #464-644
Barrier, EPA # 2217-675
Aliette Fungicide, EPA #264-516
Roundup Pro, EPA #524-308-AA
Surflan, EPA #1471-113
Daconil ZN, EPA #50534-211-1
Speed Zone, EPA #2217-833
Super Trimec, EPA #2217-758
Weedmaster, EPA #71368-34
When either fertilizer or weed control product is used on a district site, the applicator will complete a product application notification on site. This involves identifying all specifics surrounding the application into a report stored on a district database. This process provides stakeholders with instantaneous access to application data. In addition, applicators will notify site administration that they just applied product and where.
Fertilizer Application Schedule
July 28th, 2015
A district wide fertilization of large turf areas is scheduled to occur on the 28th of July, 2015. This day is a school district non-student contact day which will allow fertilization to occur unimpeded by students or staff.
The product being put down is non-hazardous once applied. A portion of the fertilizer application involves putting down a soap-based foam which keeps the fertilization lines straight. The soap is non-hazardous and will dissipate within a few minutes of application.
For any questions please Contact Bill Fordyce, DCSD Grounds Manager, at 303-387-9555.