Re­duc­ing use of pes­ti­cides

Char­lot­te­town demo beds show­case pes­ti­cide-free lawns and gar­dens

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

The City of Char­lot­te­town has cre­ated sev­eral demon­stra­tion beds to show­case low-main­te­nance, pes­ti­cide-free op­tions for lawns and gar­dens.

In Jan­uary, the city adopted a cos­metic pes­ti­cide by­law re­strict­ing the use of non-do­mes­tic pes­ti­cide ap­pli­ca­tions, and also com­mit­ted to ed­u­ca­tional out­reach to en­cour­age al­ter­na­tives.

The aim is to en­cour­age res­i­dents re­duce cos­metic pes­ti­cide use in favour of al­ter­na­tive forms of lawn man­age­ment.

The three types of land­scap­ing fea­tured in the beds will be:

— xeriscap­ing, a type of land­scap­ing that can be used as a so­lu­tion for drought-af­flicted ar­eas and can help con­trol pest in­fes­ta­tions through cer­tain plant se­lec­tions;

— al­ter­na­tives to turf, which is ground­cover that is dense, tex­tured and hardy that pro­vides an at­trac­tive and low-main­te­nance “stop­pable” land­scap­ing;

— and pes­ti­cide-free turf, which is a nat­u­ral and di­verse lawn, main­tained with­out the use of cos­metic pes­ti­cides.

“We en­cour­age res­i­dents to set an ex­am­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties by keep­ing their lawns and gar­den’s pes­ti­cide-free for the health of the en­vi­ron­ment, our cit­i­zens and our pets,” said

Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, who is also chair of the city’s en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity com­mit­tee.

The demo beds will be moved to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the city so all com­mu­ni­ties have ac­cess to view them.

They are in Vic­to­ria Park, West Roy­alty Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and the Bomber Cal­laghan Park in East Roy­alty.

The city is also of­fer­ing free lawn signs to res­i­dents who main­tain a nat­u­rally healthy, pes­ti­cide-free lawn.

To pick up a sign, visit City Hall (199 Queen St.) Mon­day to Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.char­lot­te­town.ca/cos­met­icpes­ti­cides.php.

“We en­cour­age res­i­dents to set an ex­am­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties by keep­ing their lawns and gar­den’s pes­ti­cide-free for the health of the FOWJSPONFOU PVS DJUJ[FOT and our pets.” Char­lot­te­town Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy

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Jes­sica Brown, the City of Char­lot­te­town’s sus­tain­abil­ity out­reach co-or­di­na­tor, and Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, chair­man of the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity com­mit­tee, check out the demo beds at Vic­to­ria Park.

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