The once highly-praised DuPont Herbicide Imprelis has proven to be nothing more than a nightmare for landscapers and homeowners. Instead of killing unwanted weeds and growth, the herbicide is being blamed for killing mature trees, particularly Norway spruces and white pines.
Last year, the EPA pulled Imprelis from the shelves due to the damage it was causing. But for thousands of business- and homeowners, it was too late. And now DuPont is embattled in multiple lawsuits. But the bad news seems to just keep coming. Many who didn’t see their carefully-tended trees affected last year and thought they may have escaped unscathed are learning that may not be true.
As an ABC news report out of Milwaukee indicates, some of the damage from Imprelis treatments last year are just now starting to show up. And the damage seems to be affecting not only evergreen plants, but also hardwood trees. In addition, many customers who did have to remove dead trees from their lawns last year now face the possibility that the replacement trees they planted will be affected as well. Imprelis seeps into the soil, so planting a new tree in the affected area can mean that new investment will soon die off as well.
The bottom line is that the full effects of Imprelis are still unknown. This means that homeowners, landscapers and others who provide lawn care or have lawns that may have been treated with Imprelis—such as golf courses, parks, and college and business campuses—need to be alert to the signs of Imprelis damage. Some of these indications include: yellowing, curling and browning of new growth; trees turning brown; trees dropping leaves or needles; and complete dieback. If you have sustained any such damage you may have a legal claim against DuPont.