Q: I recently moved to a condo that has a bed out back where I can plant flowers or vegetables. I planted rhubarb, but I’m worried that the pesticide and weed-and-feed sprayed by the lawn service will get on the beds. Do I need to be concerned about eating the rhubarb?
— T.P., Wadsworth
A: That’s difficult to say without knowing what’s being sprayed on the lawn. Chemicals differ in how toxic they are, how long their residue remains and whether they move through the soil.
I would ask the condominium management for the EPA registration numbers of the products that are being sprayed on the lawn. With that information in hand, call the National Pesticide Information Center at 800-858-7378. It can give you more specific information about the nature and possible dangers of those products.
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