The City of Charlottetown has created a series of raised demo beds with educational signage showcasing pesticide-free options for your lawn and garden that are low maintenance.
In January 2017, the City of Charlottetown adopted a Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw restricting the use of non-domestic pesticide applications within the municipality. Along with that, the City committed to educational outreach to encourage alternatives.
"Municipal cosmetic pesticide bylaws are shown to be most effective when they are accompanied by supporting education programs," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "To encourage compliance and support City residents in making a transition away from cosmetic pesticides we have developed these education initiatives which we hope will reduce cosmetic pesticide use in the City of Charlottetown in favour of alternative forms of lawn management."
The three types of landscaping showcased in the beds will be: Xeriscaping which is an attractive 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 'steppable' 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, chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee. "We have had great response to date from the public and we thank them for their support. We also want to thank the Parks and Recreation Department for their help in putting this project together."
The demo beds will be moved to various locations in the City so that all communities have easier access to view them. They are currently in Victoria Park until (date) then will be moved to West Royalty Community Centre and finally the Bomber Callaghan Park in East Royalty.
The City’s Sustainability Department is also offering attractive free lawn signs to residents who maintain a naturally healthy, pesticide-free lawn. The signs are 12" x 12" and come with a stake for easy installation. To pick up a sign visit City Hall (199 Queen Street) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/cosmeticpesticides.php.
Photo Cutline: From left; Jessica Brown, City of Charlottetown’s Sustainability Outreach Coordinator and Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, check out the demo beds currently installed at Victoria Park by the ball diamond.
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