The City of Edmonton has a herbicide ban in place to eliminate non-essential use of herbicides on city-owned land. However, there are exemptions that allow for their use.
Herbicides may be used to:
- Remove or control noxious weeds.
- Maintain golf courses, bowling greens, athletic facilities, sports fields, cemeteries and parks used for high profile events.
- Protect against damage to City infrastructure such as sewer pipes, storm water facilities, concrete surfaces and for fire safety along LRT lines.
How Does The City of Edmonton
Control Weeds In Parks?
- Noxious weeds are removed or controlled as required by provincial legislation and City of Edmonton policy.
- Mowing and enhanced turf care is used to manage all other weeds on park turf and shrub beds.
Dandelions are not a noxious weed.
Their removal and control with
herbicide is not required by the
Province or the City.
To balance public concerns about herbicide use and the desire for dandelion control, the City of Edmonton mows targeted areas more often to keep weeds under control.
Enhanced turf and shrub bed care is practiced in select locations to improve the health of public green space and to better control dandelions.
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