Yard naturalization legalized in Chatham-Kent, but grass can’t get out of control
Bylaw officers will investigate complaints of abuse
June 1, 2021 By Turf & Rec
Residents of Chatham-Kent, Ont. can legally turn parts of their properties into naturalized areas through native species, but it’s not a free ticket for them to neglect their yards and have grass grow out of control. Council approved the measure on Monday, but added bylaw officers will monitor any complaints about weeds or pests. The allowance encourages a reduction in pesticide and fertilizer use, helps to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion, and promotes populations of pollinators.
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