WEED MAN JOINS EPA TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT
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WEED MAN JOINS EPA TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT

Weed Man, one of the largest lawn care companies in the nation, recently worked with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) to become its first corporate partner in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP). PLANET's umbrella strategy is to qualify its members for participation in the PESP program. The goal of the EPA's initiative is to reduce risks to human health and the environment by working directly with pesticide users.

Weed Man's participation in the program is voluntary and is consistent with the company's current pesticide practices such as Integrated Pest Management. By joining the stewardship program, Weed Man pledged that sound environmental practices will continue to be an integral part of its pest control program. Weed Man also has committed to undertake specific, measurable activities toward achieving their risk reduction goals.

To implement its partnership with the EPA's program, Weed Man will be providing fact sheets to all its customers. Topics such as mowing, aeration, pest control, watering and other cultural lawn practices will be addressed to help homeowners understand the importance of these practices to the environment. Further, customers will be asked to complete Weed Man's Environmental Lawn and Garden Scorecard. The scorecards will be used to measure the effectiveness of Weed Man's environmental awareness program.

At the end of the year, PLANET, Weed Man and the EPA will assess the effectiveness of the partnership by reviewing the scorecards submitted by customers. Based on the results, Weed Man will then develop a strategy for the next year to help further educate homeowners and positively impact the environment.

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