FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
MDA reminds Minnesotans to use pesticides and fertilizers with care
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Spring is here and many Minnesotans are thinking about their lawns, trees and gardens. Pesticides and fertilizers can be a useful management tool when used appropriately on these sites.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urges the safe use of pesticides and fertilizers by reading and following all label directions. In Minnesota, it is unlawful to apply products without following label instructions.
Follow these tips and have a safe and successful gardening season.
If you use pesticide and fertilizers yourself:
Do some homework if you hire a commercial applicator to treat your lawn and trees. Select a licensed professional that comes with experience and recommendations. Commercial applicators must show that they know how to use chemicals safely and properly before MDA awards them a license. When hiring a professional:
For information about applicator licenses, call the MDA at 651-201-6615. To report unlicensed applicators, please file a complaint on the MDA website (www.mda.state.mn.us) or call 651-201-6333.
Consumers can call the Better Business Bureau at 800-646-6222 and check customer satisfaction histories for lawn care companies.
CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications
651-201-6185 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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