City tackles weeds

City of Vernon work crews will be out tackling weeds this fall. 

The fall weed program is designed to control weeds and grasses that affect traffic visibility, damage road asphalt surfaces and cause safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Crews will control weeds with mechanical trimming that includes roadside tractor mowing, weed line trimming and a spray program for weeds on paved road surfaces with concrete curb and gutters.

There are two weed-control spray applications each year. 

"The timing of the applications are based on the life-cycle of various weeds and grasses being targeted," stated City of Vernon officials. "The first application is in June, followed with the second application in September."

Only vegetation that creates a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists or has the potential to damage infrastructure is targeted. 

"Weed spray is applied with a fine-tipped applicator in the lowest possible concentrations directly on the targeted weed. It is sprayed in favourable weather conditions (no rain and little wind) by qualified vegetation control contractors."

As part of the City of Vernon's Good Neighbour Bylaw, property owners and residents are required to maintain boulevards and lanes adjacent to their property. 

The City does not provide this service and does not include any funds in the budget for such work. 

"The City encourages property owners and residents to maintain the boulevards for the beautification of our city and the enjoyment of all."

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