Not All Flowers Are Friendly
The City of Edmonton is on the hunt for noxious weeds on public and private property. These plants can:
- Grow and spread quickly, invading crops and entire ecosystems
- Out compete our native plants
- Infest streams, riverbanks and waterways
- Reduce native biodiversity
The aim of the herbicide ban is to eliminate non-essential uses of herbicides on city-owned land while recognizing there are circumstances where herbicide use is required.
The City employs a variety of tools to keep our green spaces in shape. We mow the grass regularly and use several different techniques to manage weeds, including mowing and hand pulling. We are always looking for new ways to control weeds and support healthy turf growth, including heat and steam treatments, biological controls and animals, like goats.
Promoting healthy turf can also help minimize weed growth. The City of Edmonton supports turf growth by aerating, top-dressing, fertilizing and overseeding grass.