Grass, Lawns & Trees
Grass on private property is the responsibility of the property owner, grass on Town property is managed and maintained by our Community Services Department. As a general rule, lawns and yards should be mowed a minimum of once a month, more often if necessary. Grass height should not exceed a height of 6 inches, keeping the grass at this level will help control noxious weeds (scroll for more info on that.
Noxious weeds can grow and spread quickly, invading crops and ecosystems, and making properties unsightly, overgrown and infested. There are a number of species that have become rampant in Peace River: Common Toad- flax, Canada Thistle and Perennial Sow Thistle. For more detailed info on noxious weeds in Alberta please download this guide produced by the Government of Alberta and Wheatland County.
|Name of Weed||Attributes||Illustration|
|Canada Thistle||Grows up to 1.5 metres tall with clusters of flowers, ranging in colour from purple to white, with prickly leaves.|
|Perennial Sow Thistle||Grows up to 1.5 metres tall on a sin- gle stem, branching near the top. Branches have prickly leaves and end in large, loose clusters of yellow, dandelion-like flowers. The entire plant has a milky juice, which is why it also goes by Milk Thistle.|
|Dalmatian Toadflax||The stem can be as short as 15cm or grow up to 1 metre tall. The leaves are numerous, alternate in color from pale green to gray- green, are long and narrow, pointed at both ends, with smooth edges. It has yellow, snapdragon-like flowers with orange.|
|Scentless Chamomile||Grows up to 1 metre tall with white daisy-like flowers. When crushed, leaves have no scent.|
How Can You Help?
As a property owner, you have many options for controlling noxious weeds:
- You can mow your property with mowers or weed eaters to 10 cm (4″) or This will help to cut down the weeds before they go to seed, and will kill them off in a couple of years.
- You can also pull weeds out of the ground by hand to control small numbers, making sure that you pull the entire root out. Dispose of weeds in plastic bags to ensure that the seeds do not dry out and blow away in the wind.
- Keeping your lawn healthy will make it more difficult for weeds to grow or go to seed on your lawn or garden.
- Spraying weeds is also potentially hazardous, please consult your local greenhouse to learn about eco-friendly products and how to apply them properly.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about noxious weeds:
Noxious Weeds on Private Property:
- Noxious weeds on private property must be dealt with by the property owner.
Noxious Weeds on Public Property:
- Call the Community Services Department at 780 -624-1000 or send an email to Community Services