Purpose of Weed Spraying
Part of the way the Public Works Department manages roadside vegetation is by mowing. We attempt to mow all our unmaintained ditches from the shoulder to the fence line (depending on the steepness of the ditch and weather conditions) once a year. Mowing begins in June and finishes in October.
Unfortunately, mowing is the wrong thing to do for certain weeds.
The Public Works Department will be treating ditches with selective herbicides in order to help control the growth of undesirable vegetation. The contractor performing the work is licensed to apply herbicides and will be spraying very specific areas throughout the Township road system.
Landowners who do not want the ditches in front of their property to be sprayed, must post ‘NO SPRAY’ signs at the start and finish of their property. The signs must be at least 1’ by 2’ in size and easily read from the shoulder of the road (i.e. about 3’ from the edge of the gravel shoulder). Spraying is not planned if you mow the ditch in front of your property on a regular basis (i.e. if the roadside ditch is maintained similar to your front lawn).
Spraying is planned to occur from the edge of the gravel shoulder to approximately 1 metre from the fence line.