Follow a regular maintenance program to keep your yard in great shape so your trees and lawn can resist pests and diseases.
A healthy lawn will help prevent weed establishment and growth. Lawns require regular mowing, watering and fertilizing. To help water reach your grass roots, you should aerate your lawn and remove thatch.
Aerating benefits your lawn by allowing water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach your lawn's root system. It is best to aerate your lawn in the spring or fall if your lawn seems compacted, or before fertilizing to help nutrients seep into the soil. One of the best ways to fertilize your lawn and help the environment is to leave your grass clippings on your lawn.
Provide two to three cm of water every seven to ten days to grow healthy lawns with deep roots. Water in the morning or evening when there is less wind and heat. Set your lawn mower wheel height at 7.5 cm. Mowing at a higher height promotes vigorous grass growth with deep root systems, which in turn, discourages weeds and insects.
Weeds on Private Property
Saskatchewan's Weed Control Act mandates property owners and occupants to prevent the growth, ripening and spread of weeds and weed seeds. Noxious weeds are considered to be a threat to agriculture, human health, or the environment due to their invasive nature or toxic properties. Dandelions are considered a nuisance weed under the Act and need to be controlled.
Weed Control Act Enforcement
The Act empowers municipalities to enforce control of prohibited, noxious, and nuisance weeds by land owners within the boundaries of the municipality. Bylaw Enforcement Officers have been designated as Weed Inspectors in the City of Regina.
The presence of weeds does not necessarily mean there is a weed control problem. Before you make a weed complaint, consider the following:
- Do the weeds cover more than 25% of the lawn area?
- Are the weeds over 15 centimetres (6 inches) high?
If you believe there is a weed control problem at a property, call Service Regina at 306-777-7000 or submit a complaint using the online service request form. The complaint will be forwarded to Bylaw Enforcement and assigned to a weed inspector for investigation.
If a weed inspector determines that a property owner is in violation of The Weed Control Act, the owner will be issued an Order to Comply providing five days to cut or remove the weeds. Failure to comply with an order may result in City crews or contractors being hired to cut the weeds. Any costs associated with this work will be invoiced back to the property owner.