Integrated Pest Management Policy and Implementation Guidelines for the City of Orange
The City has an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) which focuses on the long-term prevention and/or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques including pest identification, monitoring, prevention, and treatment tactics to help maintain landscape and tree health and keeping fields and parks safe and usable for the public. Pests include weeds, invasive species, rodents, and insects. Our IPM is well supervised, regulated and permitted by the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner. Please click here to view the City's IPM Policy and Implementation Guidelines. As part of our IPM, the City may use a variety of pesticides to treat for pests which may include herbicides, rodenticides, insecticides, and fungicides. All products used are approved by the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner and are applied according to the manufacture’s specifications. The type of product and amount used varies, depending on the pest problem and location. Please click here for a potential list of products.
The majority of the spraying in large turf areas is done in the spring time to eliminate broadleaf weeds that displace grass and create clumping and tripping hazards. This work is usually completed by the start of summer (depending weather and other factors). Spot spraying for weeds is done minimally in turf and planters to eliminate weeds and in paved areas to reduce cracks, lifting and other hazards. Playgrounds are not sprayed and mulch is placed around trees and planters to suppress weeds and reduce the use of pesticides. When spraying does occur in parks, signage is put up indicating the area is being sprayed and is closed until dry.
For more information, please email email@example.com or call 714-744-7264.
Santiago Hills Park – Pesticide-Free Maintenance Pilot Program
In response to concerns from members of the community regarding pesticide use in city parks, Santiago Hills Park has been selected for a pesticide-free maintenance pilot program starting September 2019. The program will provide pesticide-free maintenance for a minimum of one year. This includes eliminating the use of all pesticides, to include herbicides, rodenticides, and insecticides as part of regular maintenance practices. Over the course of the year, staff will evaluate operational and financial impacts of eliminating pesticides while providing a pesticide-free maintained park for community members who prefer this option. The intent for the pilot program is for it to be a representative of options for future consideration throughout the park system if determined to be safe, functional, and acceptable to the community at-large.
Update - October 2019
Report a damaged, dead, or sick tree: To report a concern about a tree, please fill out our online form or call our Main Desk: (714) 744-7274
Sports Field Maintenance Closure Schedule
- For up-to-date weather-related parks closure and sports field conditions, please call the MUD LINE at (714) 744-5592 after 2 pm.
- Annual Maintenance Sports Field Closure Schedule
|Ambriz Sports Fields
El Camino Sports Park
Santiago Hills Park
|El Camino Park
Grijalva Sports Park
El Camino Sports Fields
|El Modena Basin
El Modena Park
La Veta Park
Veterans Memorial at Depot Park