Grassland maintenance underway in Guelph Parks and Natural Areas in August

Guelph, ON, August 2, 2022 – We are preparing natural areas in Guelph for annual meadow maintenance, including mowing, from August through mid-September.

Grassland maintenance will take place at:

  • Eastview Park
  • Water Street Park (along the path from Municipal Street to Water Street)
  • Eramosa River Trail (between Boult Avenue and Brockville Avenue)
  • Speed ​​River Trail North (between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road North)

Natural meadows are an important feature of Guelph’s biodiversity and natural heritage, providing urban habitat for species such as Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark that require open meadows and grasslands to thrive.

Unlike rural grasslands, which experience natural fires or agricultural grazing, urban grasslands need help controlling invasive plants and preventing grasslands from turning into forest. Annual mowing does not harm native plants and flowers, in fact, it stimulates the growth and spread of native plants.

We are committed to balancing the need for more urban tree cover across the city and maintaining existing meadows in places of appropriate size and location. Maintaining a network of different natural habitats enhances biodiversity throughout the city.

How will we protect birds, wildlife and insects

Grassland maintenance begins after ground-nesting birds and wildlife have stopped breeding for the season. Only a portion of each site is mowed each year to provide refuges for wildlife. When mowing begins, we use higher mowing settings to avoid leaving bare ground and to protect wildlife.

How to protect urban grasslands

  • Use your garden waste collection bags to get rid of garden clippings, seeds, plants and shrubs so they don’t spread to nearby meadows.
  • Keep your dog on a leash in natural areas to protect ground-nesting birds and wildlife.
  • Get involved in local naturalization planting projects

For more information

Dave Beaton, Program Manager
Forestry and Sustainable Landscapes, Parks
City of Guelph
519 822-1260 ext. 2761
[email protected]

Chris B. Hall