Brampton launches weed and dandelion control plan


Published May 9, 2024 at 2:58 pm

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With spring in full bloom and summer around the corner, the City of Brampton is taking steps to keep community plant life safe and thriving. Launching this month, city officials are releasing a maintenance tracker to ensure that all Brampton-area residents can monitor when crews come through neighborhoods to conduct scheduled maintenance. 

City authorities have also boosted the budget for outdoor maintenance by 22 per cent, as indicated by an official press release. Alongside this cash injection, seasonal maintenance sessions have doubled compared to last year. 

Additional features on the front line of lawn maintenance include a plant task force, with specialized city staff already targeting weed and dandelion maintenance throughout the city. However, this does not mean the wholesale removal of these plants, as the city wants to encourage biodiversity in Brampton’s wildlife. 

According to a statement from the city, tall grass, dandelions and weeds help support local pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Beyond the borders of Brampton, these pollinators help the production of 75 per cent of staple crop plants and 90 per cent of regional flowers. 

To ensure lawns and outdoor spaces stay maintained without damaging the bio-benefits of these creatures, city officials encourage anyone taking maintenance into their own hands to follow some simple steps. 

  • Mow lawns and weeds at three inches.
  • Regularly remove the flower heads before they go to seed.
  • Mulch tree and shrub beds to prevent weed growth.
  • Apply a weeding tool when pulling out the plant.

In a statement to Brampton’s public, Ed Fagan the Director of Parks Maintenance was able to relay the importance of outdoor space management by stating: 

“In Brampton, we recognize the importance of protecting our natural environment and supporting our pollinators. Dandelions and well-maintained parks and boulevards are essential contributors to the health and vitality of our city’s ecosystems and create a more sustainable and biodiverse community for generations to come.”

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