Integrated Pest Management

Pesticide Reduction

In May 2005, the Lawrence City Commission asked the Parks and Recreation Department
to select a park to conduct a pilot program, maintaining it as a pesticide-free area for a
one-year period. Lawrence Parks and Recreation staff chose Watson Park in Downtown Lawrence for the program.

During this time, the department experimented with non-pesticide products to manage weeds,
insects and fungi in the park, as well as develop a volunteer network to help manage the space.
Volunteers assisted in the park by weeding the flower and shrub beds.

Any individuals or
groups interested in volunteering are asked to call the Parks and Recreation Department, (785) 832-3450.

Additional steps being taken to reduce citizen exposure to pesticides:

  • All pesticides purchased for the 2006 growing season and beyond will be EPA Category III and IV pesticides, which
    will also reduce chemical applications to the least toxic option for each control issue.
  • When pesticide use is necessary, signs will be posted one hour prior to application.
    They will be placed in highly visible areas and remain up for 24 hours after application.
    The notification signs will include: the name and active ingredient of the pesticide product,
    the target pest, the date of pesticide use, and contact information for the city department.


For those wanting specific information on their neighborhood park and its pesticide program, please contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at or (785) 832-3450.


In 2008, a Integrated Pest Management program was created by department staff with input from the public. A IPM Policy Manual was created as an on-going working document for the department The following is the Manual:

Integrated Pest Management Policy Manual
Table of Contents20KB pdf

    • I.

Preamble29KB pdf

    • II.

Mission Statement22KB pdf

    • III.

Purpose of IPM22KB pdf

    • IV.

City Parks27KB pdf

      • A.

Park Maps19MB pdf

V. Green/Yellow Park Acreage Percentages 51KB pdf
VI. Protocol 34KB pdf

      • A.

IPM Protocol Flow Chart 24KB pdf

VII. Alternative Pest Reduction Management Options 41KB pdf
VIII. Pesticide Information 34KB pdf
IX. Signage and Notification 22KB pdf
X. Public Education 25KB pdf
XI. Staff Training 25KB pdf
XII. Policy Amendments 23KB pdf
XIII. Impact To System 37KB pdf
XIV. Budgetary Impact 25KB pdf
XV. Staffing Descriptions 30KB pdf
XVI. Conclusion 30KB pdf
XVII. Pest Descriptions 214KB pdf
XVIII. Noxious Weeds 320KB pdf
XIX. Defintions 28KB pdf
XX. Bibliography 41KB pdf

Table A. Pesticide Toxicity Categories 30KB pdf

Table B. Allowed Pesticide List 2023 109KB pdf


Pesticide Usage Reports
Pesticide Usage District 1
Pesticide Usage District 2
2020 Pesticide Usage District 3
Pesticide Usage Horticulture & Forestry Division