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Orillia, Ont. revises naturalization bylaw to address previously ‘vague’ wording

Former bylaw led to confusion over word 'management'

March 27, 2024  By Turf & Rec

Orillia, Ont.’s bylaw regarding naturalized properties has been updated to address “vague” wording that was previously in place.

The updates address management standards and the types of plants permitted that can exceed current height restrictions. The key word in the bylaw’s revision is “management.” The existing bylaw doesn’t specify what the word entails, the city’s manager of legislative services says.

Naturalization refers to wildflowers, shrubs, annuals, perennials and ornamental plants that are purposely planted and cultivated on a property. Among the new regulations are requirements for the removal of poisonous or invasive weeds from natural areas and to ensure sight lines aren’t obscured.

Glossy buckthorn, poison sumac, and Japanese knotweed will be prohibited and turfgrass must not exceed 20 centimetres in height.

This article is part of the Turf Revival Week.
This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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