Green Space Maintenance
Municipal Tree Pruning
Trees provide tremendous value to our communities. They cool the air, buffer winds, provide wild life habitat and clean the environment. To maintain tree health and public safety, municipal trees are inspected and pruned annually. Every March the Town of Innisfail's Parks Department begins pruning our municipal trees.
Trees are examined to determine if there are any hazardous, broken, dead or diseased branches. Branch and limb removal is restricted to only removing what is required. Any limbs or branches, street side, that interfere with equipment operation, encroach on sidewalks or driveways are properly removed. Limbs identified as hazardous to public safety or structures are also removed, as well as any branches with obvious signs of pathology or decline. Broken branches provide an entry port for insects and disease and pose a safety risk . Diseased trees and damaged trees that have been deemed dangerous to the public are completely removed at this time.
Correct pruning procedures create and maintain a healthy and strong structured tree. Care is taken not to over prune. Removing too much at one time results in excessive water sprout growth, as well as affects the growth dynamic of the tree. As a general rule no more than 25% of the canopy is removed at any one time. On a mature tree no more than 10% of the canopy should be removed.
Pruning occurs during the growing season as required to repair storm damage, remove dead and diseased branches or conflicts with infrastructure and utilities. Pruning of elms is prohibited in Alberta between March 31 and October 1.
Weeds Door Hangers
During the summer months, you may receive a "weeds" door hanger notice. If you do, this means that noxious or prohibited noxious weeds have been identified within your property. According to the Alberta Weed Act, if these weeds are present the land owner is responsible for control as they are a threat to our native vegetation.
Specific weeds are listed under the noxious or prohibited noxious categories because they:
- Spread rapidly.
- Displace native vegetation and grasses.
- Eliminate food sources of wildlife.
- Cost farmers and forestry up to 1 billion dollars per year for control (2006 Western Producer).
- Threaten our food supply, rivers, wildlife habitat, and lakes.
You can help prevent weeds from taking over your town by picking, pulling and destroying noxious and prohibited noxious weeds.
To assist landowners/occupants identify and develop control these legislated weeds, the Town of Innisfail has entered into an agreement with Red Deer County to provide weed identification and Inspection services to its residents. The main purpose of this initiative is to create awareness about these new invasive weeds and why they must be controlled or eradicated.
The Town of Innisfail has two of its own appointed weed inspectors: Davina Daly and Norm MacLeod.