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Original post made by steve, San Ramon, on May 2, 2014

Hello my name is Steve I have a lot of experience with this type of chemicals. I have dealt with DOW AGRO chemicals company and how their labels are very vague regarding trees of any kind and that they will definitely kill legume and leguminous trees at very low application rates.The labels are misleading and their representatives give you the wrong information where it should be used.This is to all the golf courses in the tri-Valley and all of Alameda County. I live on the 11th hole of the San Ramon Valley golf course and in the past year my neighbor has taken out two redwood trees about 30 feet tall and the one behind it is also damaged and there are many REDWOOD TREES and other trees throughout the whole course that I checked out yesterday, that are showing signs of THIS CHEMICAL. This chemical is for farms which they managed between crops and range land to keep it clear from broadleaf weeds. This kind a chemical should not be put anywhere around any homes. The label states rinse water should be discarded onto a designated disposal area, or if unavailable onto unused land away from desirable plants and water courses. and they are using all our homes and properties as unused land away from trees.The people that live on the downhill slope of the course as I do, are having issues with the trees. On the 12th hole down on the left side there are three trees of a different kind, are suffering from the same issue it looks like lontrel or speed zone.snapshotthats what MCE,LARPD PBG<LIVERMORE PARKS PLEASANTON PARKS It was band in 2002 in California from residential use when 65% of compost samples tested positive for CLOPYRALID It is a herbicide sold under the trade name lontrel, confront, transline, and many more. these herbicides are all members of the pyridines group. The product has disruptors of plant cell growth mode of action. also such compost or mulch made from plant material treated with lontrel will cause damage to other plants, the grass is mulched every time it's cut and you keep feeding the chemicals to all the trees and sending it into the ground into our yards a chemical that shouldn't even be here. So all of you need to make changes regarding this issue soon.I suggest no fertilizing the lawns and no more chemicals for 2 years and see if all of these trees recover fully. For San Ramon golf course this e-mail is going to go out to most of the people that live on the course. For Castlewood country club all of your giant redwood trees are just burning up ,nothing to do with the water it's the chemicals. I noticed today April 30 that you had about four pallets of fertilizer that was outside your building I would suggest not using that at this time, to see if these trees recover and I'm letting many of your members also know this issue. Golf course in Livermore have many injured trees and we know many have been removed. The golf course in Hayward off industrial Boulevard is using lontrel. That's why all your redwood trees are deformed. There is a bridge that you can drive across with a car on the east side of that bridge is a perfectly good looking redwood tree with small broadleaf weeds all around it. About 30 feet away near the green there are two deformed redwood trees with no broadleaf around them. We can't kill all our trees just to have broadleaf weed free lawns. I am going to leave a link so you can read about clopyralid.
Next link is what Caltrans use. Web Link
As you see Web Link
Other areas to look at the damage trees, the village green park at Alcosta and Village Parkway more than 50 redwoods and a few other trees. The senior citizen center off alcosta 12+ trees dead many injured. Amador Lake apartments look at all three entrances to the apartments, they get worse as you head south because there is more ground cover behind the redwood trees and they are putting some kind of granular weed control in the ground cover areas which that's where the redwood tree roots are, and many others are damage throughout the complex. The rule is do not apply any chemicals fertilizers nothing around damaged trees. Also the Pleasanton sports Park all the redwood trees on the north side of the park all have a certain color and burn look to them. All those redwoods are going to look like the ones that are in the park near our house at Village Parkway and Alcosta Boulevard behind the new Walmart where the old Eastman Kodak building used to be.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on May 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I posted a reply on your "part 2" before I saw this one, but thanks for your article.
I strongly feel that Dow, Union Carbide, and Monsanto have more than proven themselves to be utterly untrustworthy in all regards.
Once in a great while we get heavy areas of black widows in our back yard, and maybe one time a year I spray a little bug juice (no doubt a Dow product or one of the other equally guilty parties) in the immediate area, but never around flowering plants. And fertilizers that can benefit one plant can damage another one.
Redwoods have a dual assault against them. Three dry years are damaging them badly too. They may not be "native" but I prefer them to the dry, hot-burning oak and eucalyptus found in our area.

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Posted by Sr resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 6:18 am

Which Dow chemical product kills redwood trees? I am not quite clear on the name of this dangerous product.

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Posted by steve
a resident of San Ramon
on May 7, 2014 at 12:04 am

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Update Redwood trees to sr resident ,derek, speed zone southern, snapshot granular for planted and bark areas. Lonyrel they put on the golf courses is very bad. Look them up and read the label. If it says legume, they consist of many trees also which they don't list. I'll leave to links one of the milestone herbicide guidelines which is what Caltrans sprays up and on highways leguminous trees are legumes. All these landscape companies city of Pleasanton, LA RPD in Livermore are all spraying around all the trees over applying it and killing everyone in front of pine valley middle school 7trees gone . Pleasanton sports grounds they just applied a bunch snapshot for the big rains and oh boy they are burning up all here's the links are going to bed.Web Link

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Posted by steve
a resident of San Ramon
on May 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

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Web Link
this is in lontrel used on golf courses plus more. Next link is what Caltrans use. Web Link

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Posted by steve
a resident of San Ramon
on May 7, 2014 at 12:18 am

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DROUGTH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MESS,MAYOR of livermore had to be corected about LEGUMES. this has been sent to state of CA, back to alameda county ag investgator. which is behind, while all these co. give them another dose.also info is sent to state WATER BOARD . if you want MORE MY email is

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Posted by steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

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