Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Due to the rain and wind speeds for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area. 

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.

Current Conditions
12 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
6:30 AM NDT Wednesday 27 July 2011

  • Condition:
    101.5 kPa
    24 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    88 %
    SE 22 km/h

Cloudy. Showers beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog in onshore winds. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 except gusting to 60 along parts of the coast this afternoon. Temperature steady near 12. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tip of the day! 

Here are a few tips to keep your lawn lush and pesticide free: 

Healthy grass needs healthy soil, ensure you have 6-8” of topsoil, if not, then top dress your lawn in the spring.

Mow high and leave grass clippings on the lawn. Set your lawnmower to the highest setting, allowing grass to grow longer. Tall, dense grass blocks the sun from getting to weeds and will help kill weed seedlings.

Water infrequently, but water deep. This forces the roots of the grass to grow deeper in search of water. As the soil at the surface becomes dry the weeds get choked and die. Wait until the grass starts to curl before watering. Watering on a schedule will only encourage weed growth.

Use a high quality all natural fertilizer spread lawn fertilizer as early as you can in the spring and lime every fall. Add compost. About one part compost and two parts dirt is what you should be striving for. Better quality soil and more of it will promote grass growing deep roots that will choke out the weeds.

Over-seed each year with a hardy blend of grasses that includes dutch white clover.

Consider installing a bird feeder since birds eat up those pesky bugs.

Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

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My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone

Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise

Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use

Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the

Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that

Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't

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Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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