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dandelion in turf Going Green on Turf Maintenance

Keeping our city "green" means respecting the environment. The City of Edmonton is committed to turf maintenance practices that make economic and environmental sense. As outlined in our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the City minimizes the use of pesticides and uses them responsibly when they are required.

Naturalization is a vegetation management strategy used wherever appropriate to control and prevent weeds.

Herbicide Reduction

Research into biological rather than chemical weed control is being pursued. Only when necessary is herbicide applied to control noxious weeds, and weeds that would impact safety and enjoyment of our green spaces (broadleaf weeds are managed on active turf like sports fields to reduce slip and trip risks; see IPM for Landscapes in British Columbia).

All herbicide applications meet Environmental Protection legislation and Broadleaf Weed Control Standards established by City Council. Strict safety precautions are taken to protect public, employees and environmental health.

Spraying information is advertised in local community newsletters and newspapers. Signs at treatment sites are posted to inform the public of herbicide application for 48 hours after spraying.

Medical Alert and Herbicide Exemption Request Programs

  • The Medical Alert Pesticide Program (MAPP) offers citizens with medical sensitivities the option of restricting pesticide applications within 30 metres of their residential property and/or being notified of any pesticide application within 100 metres of their residential property. 
    The MAPP Form describing the program and the application process is available to those interested in registering.
  • The Herbicide Exemption Request Program (HERP) offers citizens the choice of discontinuation of chemical trimming along fence lines and obstacles abutting city property and discontinuance of broadleaf weed control within five metres of registrant's property that abuts on City property. 
    The HERP Form describing the program and the application process is available to those interested in registering.
  • A petition program to designate parkland as "herbicide free" is available to those residents abutting such parkland.
    A Petition Application with instructions is available to citizens interested in taking advantage of this provision.
  • A 30 metre "no spray" buffer is provided around playground apparatus.
  • A telephone information line (311) is available to provide daily updates of pesticide spraying activities in Edmonton.
  • Notification letters are sent to all schools, daycares and community leagues prior to the spraying season.


For More Information

Parks and River Valley Operations - General Information

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311

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