Turf & Rec

Ban will result in more weeds

April 7, 2009  By  Mike Jiggens

Expect to see weeds growing this year in municipal flower beds in Ontario.

Dennis Wale, foreman of horticulture and turf maintenance for the City of Brantford's parks and recreation department, told the Brantford Expositor that the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act, which goes into effect this year, has "taken a tool from our toolbox."

The city's Lorne Park, a frequently-visited green space and a popular location for summer wedding photographs, is apt to find its rose gardens threatened by the terms of the act. The city had formerly used Roundup to keep weeds at bay in city plantings, costing the municipality about $2,800 annually. One of the acceptable alternative products would cost the city about $39,000 annually and would not work as well, Wale said.

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