Group questions chemical-free policy

Officials aren’t convinced a chemical-free policy is actually working on Lumby sports fields

Officials aren’t convinced a chemical-free policy is actually working on Lumby sports fields.

Herbicides have not been applied to fields for a few years, but the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee is questioning the policy’s effectiveness.

“There is an increased cost for labour (non-chemical weed control) and yet it looks like the weeds will overtake us,” said director Randal Ostafichuk.

“If the fields won’t be used because of weeds, we have to look at what we’re doing.”

The primary concern is some weeds can create a tripping hazard and that increases the committee’s liability.

“If you get an infestation of dandelions, they create an uneven surface and that interferes with the athletes,” said Rick Fairbairn, chairperson.

Presently, weeds are managed through top dressing and aeration.

“There’s an interest in getting information on options for weed control and we want to get feedback from the user groups. Are weeds a problem?” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Despite the review, Nelson insists the committee isn’t necessarily going back to using traditional herbicides.

 

“There are organic chemical product options out there to consider,” she said.