Warm weather is finally here. As Winnipeggers, we know this means getting outside to enjoy it before it’s gone.
Summer also means our Parks and Open Space employees are working hard to keep our city beautiful and provide a safe and enjoyable green space for all of our residents. You may see one of our 175 mowers out tending to the almost 2,500 hectares of grass the City maintains.
This mowing, besides keeping our city beautiful, also serves another purpose: to combat weeds in our fields. The City does this by mowing on a 10- to 14-day cycle and maintaining the turf to a height of about three inches. This helps the grass stay healthy, which can then better fend off weeds and disease.
But of course, summer would not be complete without the return of our nemesis: the dandelion.
Following the 2014 provincial legislation restricting the sale and use of pesticides and herbicides, the City set out to find alternatives such as bio-pesticides and organic methods to control weeds on lawns. This effort was to reduce the exposure to harsh chemicals by both ourselves and our pets.
The result: we now use only federally-approved, low-risk products.
In parks, on city boulevards, and in other green spaces, our crews use one of two products to combat weeds. For hard surfaces near lawns or sensitive sites such as school zones, a vinegar-based product called EcoClear is used. For those hard surfaces not associated with lawns or sensitive sites, Factor 540 is the prescribed herbicide.
For those who may be extra sensitive to the eco-friendly products, you may also register for a Herbicide Treatment Buffer Zone. These requests can be submitted to our Parks and Open Space Division at:
Parks and Open Space Division
Integrated Pest Management Services
105-1155 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P1
So this summer, keep an eye out for mowing operations in the parks near you.
But more importantly, enjoy the weather and make the most out of summer!
For more information on Parks and Open Space, please visit Parks and Open Space. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office at (204) 986-5232 or at email@example.com