Weed Wise in Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat is host to a number of invasive plant species listed under Alberta’s Weed Control Act. Many of these plants are aggressively spreading and choking out our natural vegetation. Under the Act, all landowners are responsible for destroying those plants categorized as Prohibited Noxious. Plants listed as Noxious must be controlled by limiting their growth and preventing the dispersal of seed. A shared effort is required to ensure our community remains a vibrant and beautiful place to live.
Please take the time to learn more about the invasive plants found in Medicine Hat and how you can help control them. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation department at 403.529.8333.
|• Baby’s Breath||• Dame’s Rocket||• Purple Loosestrife|
|• Common Tansy||• Himalayan Balsam||• Tamarisk|
|• Creeping Bellflower||• Oxeye Daisy||• Yellow Clematis|
Why should we care?
The reality is that invasive plants impact us all. They have the ability to cause significant environmental and ecological damage. They have special characteristics that allow them to out-compete native plants, thereby altering our city ecosystems and landscapes. They also cost a lot in time, money and effort to control.
Weeds in the News
In 2013, Giant Hogweed has become prevalent in the news due to its risk to Public Health. The weed is currently present in British Columbia and Ontario, and on a smaller scale in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. All reports in Alberta have proven to be inaccurate, but you can find out more by clicking here.
Information for Gardeners
Many of the plants listed under the Weed Control Act are loved and cherished by local gardeners. It will take an extreme act of bravery to rid these plants from your garden. But there are alternatives! The following brochure provides excellent information on how to avoid and replace invasive plants in your garden.
- Alberta Invasive Plants Council
- Alberta’s Weed Control Act and Regulations
- Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide
- Health Canada – Pesticides and Pest Management