Spraying pesticides in public might value you $ 250: Metropolis of Edmonton
EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton is reminding its citizens not to spray pesticides in public areas.
City ordinances prohibit the public from using pesticides, including herbicides, in the city’s countryside.
Anyone caught violating the Articles of Association can be fined $ 250.
“Misapplied products can damage lawns, crops and public property,” said an Edmonton City press release. “The city uses trained herbicide applicators to perform targeted controls to ensure the health and safety of green spaces and the general public.”
The city also reminds the public that dandelions are not considered an invasive species of weed.
“They are an early food source for pollinators such as bees and butterfly larvae,” the press release said. “The city does not control dandelions through herbicide applications and is focusing on mowing as the primary control method.”
This summer, public green areas that are not considered “premier” areas will be mowed every 10 to 14 days.
First-class sports fields and parks are mowed every seven days.
If Edmonton residents have concerns about weeds in public areas, the city encourages them to call 311 to report the problem.
“First and foremost, we want to make sure the city of Edmonton and everyone else know what is going on in their parkland,” Valerie Dacyk, city director for integrated pest control, told CTV News Edmonton.
“We also want to make sure that the right product and the right procedure are used in these applications.”
You can find an overview of the services of the city parks online.