seems the weedman, the lawn- care outfit obsessed with pesticides and weed-free lawns, has been making a unscheduled stops. Sandy Pen-Warden came home last week to find a sign indicating her Scarborough property had been sprayed. Ditto Etobicoke resident Doug Counter, who caught a Weedman worker spraying his back yard -- right next to the exotic flower garden, no less. Neither has a contract with the company.There goes the vegetable garden, thinks Pen-Warden after discovering that a particularly powerful pesticide. was used. She's miffed, too, that her infant daughter will have to be kept off the lawn for a couple of weeks, lest she run the risk of contamination. "We came to live here so our daughter could have a back yard to roam around in."
Counter is still wondering how the Weedman managed to miss the sign in his front window boasting that his garden is pesticide-free -- or at least was.
All a simple case of mistaken addresses, says Weedman spokesperson Marc Garant. Besides, there's no need to worry. He says the pesticides used are easily diluted by water.
Janet May of the Toronto Environmental Alliance says her group gets about half a dozen complaints of mistaken spraying every year.