Horticulture and Turf

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The horticulture program includes the establishment and maintenance of floral and shrub displays on designated Town properties, including parks, Town facilities and boulevards.

Seed Day and Plant Exchange

Date: Saturday October 5, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Location: Rotary Centennial Park, Brock Street South (at Burns Street),Whitby

The Horticulture section holds a Seed Day and Plant Exchange annually at Rotary Centennial Park, which is located at Brock St. S and Burns St. This is open to the public and residents are encouraged to bring in seeds or extra perennials for trading with other gardeners.

A limited amount of plant material will be available from town garden beds starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first come first serve basis. Meet Town of Whitby Horticulture Staff who will be available to answer questions and share information on what's growing in Whitby. For more information refer to the contact details below. To link to the events calendar click here.

Turf Maintenance

A Turf Maintenance Program provides regular maintenance and repairs for turf of designated high profile properties and sports fields. The program includes aerating, fertilizing, top dressing, over seeding, sod work, and weed control.

There is also a Ball Diamond Maintenance program to provide a regular maintenance and repair schedule for all Town permitted diamonds. Parks staff maintain 36 ball diamonds and 42 soccer fields.

Tips for a Better Lawn

The Town of Whitby encourages all residents to help in keeping our urban spaces healthy and green while protecting the environment. Please visit the Greener World web site for tips on how to have a better lawn using the 4Rs.

Pesticides Ban

Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticides Ban took effect April 22, 2009. Under the ban, more than 250 pesticide products are banned for sale and over 95 pesticide ingredients are banned for cosmetic uses. Pesticides cannot be used for cosmetic purposes on lawns, vegetable and ornamental gardens, patios, driveways, cemeteries, and in parks and school yards. There are no exceptions for pest infestations (insects, fungi or weeds) in these areas.

For public health and safety, pesticides can be used to control plants that are poisonous to the touch, such as poison ivy; insects that bite, sting, are venomous or are disease carrying, like mosquitoes; and animals, insects or plants that may cause damage to a structure or infrastructure, such as termites.

Homeowners can apply biopesticides and other lower risk products to control weeds and other pests on lawns, gardens, driveways, and other areas around the home. For more information, call the Ministry of Environment at 416.325.4000 or 1.800.565.4923 or check the Ministry's web site.