Naturalization in Parks & Open Space
Naturalization is an alternative landscape maintenance technique for maintaining our parks and open space. Natural processes of growth and change are less restricted, and the landscape is allowed to become more natural than ornamental.
The Parks & Open Space Department is committed to developing and maintaining landscapes that are ecologically sound and sustainable. By maintaining selected areas of the landscape through naturalization, we can decrease the need for frequent watering and mowing. We can reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticides too.
Although areas maintained through naturalization require the same amount of maintenance as traditional parks at the beginning, as the naturalized areas mature there is a reduced need for mowing, watering, fertilizer, and pesticides.
How it’s done
Changing an area from traditional maintenance to an area maintained through naturalization takes an understanding of the natural cycles of plants, advanced planning, and monitoring throughout the growing season.
Cutting grass in naturalized areas is done when the seed heads of the plants have fully ripened and have produced seed for next year. Typically the grass is cut once a year, in July or early August depending on the weather and when the grass seed is ready.
Waiting for the seed to ripen before cutting provides new seed for next year that will create a fuller, thicker stand of grass that eventually will crowd out dandelions and other weeds.
Naturalization areas in Regina
Currently the City of Regina has approximately 550 hectares of park and open space land that we maintain through naturalization. Here are some areas where we use naturalization to maintain the landscape:
- along the Ring Road,
- in parks and open space along the flood plain,
- sections of the storm channels.
Download the 2012 Naturalization Map to view all naturalized areas in Regin.