1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 19, 2008

:324 Pesticides in Water

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1:5:10:324 EcoTip: Agricultural runoff results in many types of pesticides and herbicides contaminating our water supplies. If you have concerns about your water quality, you can have it tested for many of the common pesticide and herbicide contaminants. For more information about pesticides in water check out the Pesticide Watch resource center

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 Additional Information:

National Testing Laboratories offers pesticide in water analysis for the following pesticides, herbicides and PCBs.

Alachlor, Atrazine, Chlordane, Aldrin, Dichloran, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Hexachlorbenzene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene,  Lindane, Methoxychlor, Pentachloronitrobenzene, Silvex (2,4,5-TP), Simazine, Toxaphene, Trifluralin, 2,4-D.

Here’s a link to the USEPA water quality standards: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html

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June 8, 2008

:160 Vinegar Weed Control

Filed under: :160 Vinegar Weed Control — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:59 am

1:5:10:160 EcoTip: Today’s tip comes from the Butterfly Garden at the Norfolk, Virginia Botanical Gardens. They use vinegar as an herbicide. This non-toxic form of weed control is suitable for organic gardens (especially if you use organic vinegar from your health food store) and  doesn’t harm the butterflies or the environment, but controls most types of weeds.

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 Additional Information:

Spray the weeds foliage with the undiluted vinegar while they are young – especially before they go to seed. Vinegar is approximately 5% acetic acid. Be careful not to spray plants that you don’t want damaged. If you accidentally get some on the leaves of other plants, you can rinse them with water.

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