Charlottetown, PEI – The City of Charlottetown has created a series of low maintenance, raised demo beds with educational signage showcasing pesticide-free options for residents’ lawns and gardens.
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, 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 gardens 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 all communities have easier access to view them. They are currently in Victoria Park, 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.
News article: City Showcases Pesticide-Free Lawn and Garden Options with Demo Beds
For additional information:
Alicia Packwood, Communications Assistant, City of Charlottetown, email@example.com
For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) site and C4S Toolkit.