What is the maintenance plan?
Due to many weed concerns raised by residents in Harbour Landing, the City prepared a robust maintenance plan for the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve (ER) in 2020.
Phase 1 was completed in fall of 2020:
The City began the naturalization process and condition improvements to the ER.
- Herbicide was applied throughout the ER space to manage broadleaf weeds. Signage was posted.
- Over seeding was completed to further thicken healthy grass growth.
- Shrub beds were cleaned up. Deadwood was trimmed, spot spraying and weeding by hand occurred.
- Foxtail and thistle were specifically targeted and trimmed before the weed went to seed.
What is happening in the Environmental Reserve now?
Phase 2 continues in 2021 and is on-going:
- Continually re-evaluate ER condition and adjust work plan accordingly.
- If weeds persist, perform herbicide treatment, followed by over seed treatment.
- Continue to naturalize the inner corridor of the ER. Allow inner corridor of pathway grass to continue to grow until seeded.
- Monthly mow on the outside perimeter of pathways to fence line, while allowing shrub beds to continue to naturally expand into the surrounding space.
- Leave a 2m mowed strip along the pathway, mowed monthly.
- Continue thistle and fox tail management with targeted trimming and selected spraying.
- Continue shrub bed management: removing deadwood, string trimming thistle and spot spraying as necessary. Healthy shrub beds will be encouraged to grow into the surrounding prairie as the naturalization process continues. This will provide a stronger canopy to prevent future weed establishment.
View some common questions and answers about the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve.
Did I see the City spraying herbicide?
Due to many weed concerns raised by residents in Harbour Landing, the City has prepared a robust maintenance plan for the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve. Part of the plan is to kill the weeds in the space with Trillion Turf herbicide. Spraying occurred at the beginning of August 2020 and again in September 2020. The ER will be monitored for weeds in 2021 and beyond – some further spraying may occur.
Why does the City use Trillion Turf Herbicide?
- Trillion Turf is designed and approved to kill broad leaf weeds in a park setting
- Trillion is approved for use by Health Canada through the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
- Residents are asked to stay away during treatment activities. According to the PMRA approved label, residents can re-enter the park space after the area is dry
- Notification of treatment is provided to residents in two ways:
- Pesticide advisory line: 306-777-7777
- Signage that is posted 24 hours prior to treatment. Signage will remain onsite until a minimum of 24hrs has passed
Why is the City changing the way they maintain the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve (ER)?
The City has been preparing, since 2008, the grassland areas in Harbour Landing to transition the maintenance in the ER to the intended natural design. This required measures to contain weeds through additional mowing, herbicide application (2018) and intentional over-seeding.
Why did it look like manicured space when it was installed?
New spaces require a different level of service in order to become established. The City of Regina supports developers in establishing un-irrigated grass, like what you see in the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve by providing specifications that outline maintenance during establishment. The maintenance of newly planted spaces is much more intensive than established spaces. The Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve has also been maintained differently in the past to manage weeds in the space. The City provides adaptive maintenance practices to overcome challenges of all our open spaces.
Why is the City mowing less than they have in past years?
The space was being mowed more frequently than originally intended to help control Canadian Thistle, Dandelion and Foxtail Barley. The amount of Canadian Thistle, Dandelion and Foxtail Barley, while not eliminated, has drastically decreased.
How are other Environmental Reserve Spaces in the City of Regina maintained?
Environmental Reserve (ER) space is designed for minimal maintenance. ER space is typically mowed once a year in August after grass has gone to seed. The City of Regina monitors space to respond to issues that may crop up from time-to-time and may require an adjusted maintenance schedule.
Why does the City maintain the area near the water differently than the area behind our homes?
This area is known as a Riparian Zone and is sometimes subject to flooding. The City manages the open spaces in Regina in a variety of ways; some areas are left to naturalize to provide valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife. The City will continue to let the spaces between the pathways in Harbour Landing naturalize, in alignment with our Official Community Plan.
What is being done to manage the foxtail barley in the space?
The linked maintenance plan above details specifics. A complete mow will occur in July and September, as well as herbicide treatment following both cuts. The space will also be over seeded at the end of the season.
What is the cost of maintaining the Harbour Landing Environmental Reserve?
The transition maintenance plan in place for the Harbour landing ER is estimated at $150,000 per year.
What kind of herbicide will be used to treat weeds in the Environmental Reserve?
Trillion Turf. As with all pesticides the product is safe provided with follow label directions as approved by Health Canada. Beyond the label, the City posts herbicide spray activities on the pesticide advisory line (306-777-7777). The areas to be treated will be posted 24 hours prior to spraying – and – the signage will remain up for 24 hours following treatment.
What does the City do for winter maintenance in the Environmental Reserve?
In winter, the City regularly clears all paved pathways throughout the space.
Why are there not more trees in the space?
It is important to note that not all spaces in the Environmental Reserve can accommodate trees. We do not plant trees that may conflict with underground and overhead infrastructure (pipelines, power lines and natural gas lines)
Norseman Park is a priority for spring 2021 replacement plantings. Residents in East Regina worked with the community association and Tree Canada to apply for trees/funding for the space.
If you are interested in having more trees planted in your community, contact the Harbour Landing Community Association for more information.
What can be done to provide more benches and seating in the Environmental Reserve?
Leave a lasting legacy of a loved one by donating a bench in an open space by contacting the City of Regina at 306-777-7000.
Can we provide community garden spaces in the Environmental Reserve?
Community Gardens throughout Regina are operated by Zone Boards and Community Associations. Please contact the Harbour Landing Community Association for more information. View the list of existing community gardens around the City.