Recently a couple of emails from Kaitlin were circulated to some of the residents in the community. The emails gave some details of Kaitlin’s intentions to start spraying herbicides close to residential properties and to allow the “rough” to grow back.
This is the first email.
All our resident property owners;
This is a friendly reminder that some residents have been encroaching on golf course/housing property and we require this to cease asap.
We will be installing property boundary stakes and would appreciate your cooperation by; ceasing to mow, removing any fixtures that have been erected, remediate any changes to the landscape, cease spraying chemicals, or infringing of the golf course/housing properties.
We trust you can resolve these issues within the next 30 days. If for any reason you require a longer timeline, please contact us to make that arrangement.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Please do not respond to this email. Appropriate contact information is listed below.
John Raheyn firstname.lastname@example.org 613-352-5152
Jim Burlington email@example.com 613-352-5152
The first email was less than comprehensive and created considerable confusion. Kaitlin then issued a second email.
FYI to all our homeowners bordering the golf course;
We have had some queries regarding the long roughs and whether we would be addressing these areas in the same manner as in the past.
The answer is yes! Once spraying on the golf course has concluded for the season, we will be mowing all the areas of long rough.
This will serve two(2) purposes;
1 – will reduce the small rodent population in these areas and force them into the naturalized areas throughout the property
2 – will allow us in the spring to spray this area and hopefully greatly reduce the weed population
Of note; over the past two seasons we have been experimenting with some products we use at various rates to attempt to control some of the more hardy weeds. To date we have had some success and plan to begin with this tank mix in the spring.
The mix has a very low LD50, very quick re-entry period but will damage most perennials and small shrubs. It is far less caustic and toxic than current options being used for similar applications by townships etc. on roadsides and vacant lands. It will be important to remove any of these items that are on the golf/housing properties to avoid damage to the plants
Staff will be monitoring the extent of control from these applications.
Hopefully this answers many of your questions.
I started to write an article for posting to the website when I realized I only had part of the story.
I was interested to understand the term LD50 referenced in the email from Kaitlin. I could not find a reference to the term “very low LD50”.
The email also has a reference to reducing the rodent population, this implies a pesticide as well as herbicide is being used, or the herbicide can impact the rodent population.
There are a myriad of questions left unanswered by the two Emails from the club house. What is this pesticide/herbicide? How close to residential buildings can it be used?
Clarify your individual situation.
It is important that you contact Jim Burlington with any questions you may have. Each person’s situation is unique and the emails from Kaitlin cannot answer all of your questions. Jim Burlington will meet with each of you individually to answer questions. Please call him directly.
Jim Burlington firstname.lastname@example.org 613-352-5152 Ext 224
Your comments are welcomed and I will pass them on as appropriate.