The Municipality performs routine maintenance along our roadsides to ensure that they are safe. The Vegetation Management Program, where we clear brush and spray for weeds, helps improve sight lines, overhead clearances for large vehicles, roadside clearances for road maintenance equipment, snow storage areas, and safe winter driving.

 Brush Clearing

Brush Clearing work includes the removal and/or trimming of hazardous vegetation including low hanging tree branches, shrubs and dead, diseased or hazardous trees. In areas where there is a higher density of this material, mechanical equipment will be used.

Wood material is safely left on site, and mitigated and removed as part of the Municipal Stormwater Program at a later date in the year. 

Staff will be informing residents in advance of work happening on their road. Work will mostly be completed in the winter and spring in advance of any summer construction projects that year. Timing of the work will be dependent on the weather conditions and work will not occur before 6 a.m. 

The schedule of work will ensure that all of the road allowances are maintained on a rotational basis to ensure they are safe for everyone that uses them.

 Weed Spraying

The 2021 weed spraying program is in place to control and eradicate Wild Chervil, which is deemed a noxious weed in the Province of Ontario.

2021 Weed Spraying Locations

Herbicide spraying for Wild Chervil will take place between May 31st and June 25th, weather pending. It will only be applied where needed (in overgrown and weedy areas), and will not be applied to manicured lawns.

The product will be applied using a broad cast spraying unit along the Municipal right of way (both sides) on the following road sections:

  • 7th Line from Highway 26 to Euphrasia/St Vincent Townline
  • 11th Line from Highway 26 to Euphrasia/St Vincent Townline
  • 12th Line from Highway 26 to Sideroad 7
  • Old Mill Road from Grey Road 7 to Euphrasia/St Vincent Townline
  • 13th Sideroad from St Vincent/Sydenham Townline to 7th Line
  • 16th Sideroad from St Vincent/Sydenham Townline to Grey Rd 12
  • 7th Sideroad from 7th Line to 3rd Line
  • 4th Sideroad from St Vincent/Sydenham Townline to The Blue Mountains/Meaford Townline Rd
  • 10th Sideroad from Gerald Shortt Pkwy to 7th Line (end of road)
  • 3rd Line from Highwya 26 to Euphrasia/St Vincent Townline

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Wild Chervil?
Wild Chervil is an invasive plant from the carrot/parsley family, native to Europe. It is generally found along roadsides, field edges, streams and pastures. When mature, it can out-compete native plants, and agricultural crops with its large amounts of seeds that spread easily. It is extremely hard to control with a large root system and resistance to many herbicides.
 What kind of herbicide will be used in Meaford?

The licensed contractor will be using Truvist Herbicide, which contains the active ingredients, Chlorsulfuron and Aminocyclopyrachlor. PCP Registration Number 30920 in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant, which contains active ingredients Methyl and ethyl oleate (esterified vegetable oil). PCP Registration Number 28277 under the Pest Control Products Act. Truvist is an approved herbicide shown to be effective in controlling Wild Chervil along road allowances, as well as proven control over a number of invasive weed species including: wild parsnip, wild carrot, and giant hogweed.

At this time, Truvist is only approved for use on roadsides and not for use on private land such as fields and pasture.

 Why spray for Wild Chervil?

Under the Provincial Weed Control Act, The Municipality of Meaford, like all landowners in Ontario, is responsible for the destruction of noxious weeds on its property.

Wild chervil has the ability to out-compete native plants in ditches, woodlot edges and pasturelands. It can also play host to a disease which affects carrots, celery and parsnips.

Wild Chervil is a biennial plant and is spread through seed dispersal (Wind, water, birds or even other wildlife). It grows on average 1-4 ft but can be over 6ft tall, and can spread again if any pieces are left behind.

Repeated mowing of this plant before it has gone to seed can deplete the root reserve, resulting in its eventual decline. It just needs the root to be impacted so this method takes a LOT LONGER to minimize the spread

 

Is the poduct safe for humans?
Yes, once the herbicide has dried it is safe to walk through for humans.
Is the product safe for wildlife and insects?
Studies indicate no mortality or lethal effects in honey bees following oral or contact exposure. There is low no risks to pollinators. Overall, the product is considered safe for use.
 How does the product work?
Truvist herbicide stops the growth of plants by interfering with hormonal balance for shoot and root development, stopping the plant from growing. It works best on plants in a growth phase as the herbicide is quickly taken up by the leaves, stems and roots of the plants. Effects may be seen within a few days.
What can I do to help?

Currently, there are no products approved for spraying Wild Chervil on private property, but residents are still responsible for destroying noxious weeds on their land. Taking the following three steps can help eliminate Wild Chervil within the Municipality of Meaford.

  1. Report any wild chervil sightings to us through our Report a Concern Form, or by calling 519-538-1060.
  2. Take action by:
    1. Grubbing out or cutting to prevent wild chervil from going to seed.
    2. If the Wild Chervil has already flowered, cut and bag the plants and leave them in direct sunlight for several days. Then dispose by burning or burying deep underground.
  3. Once the plant is removed, be careful not to move the infected soil and remember to thoroughly clean equipment, vehicles and footwear before leaving the infested site.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Steve Ford
Green Stream Lawn and Vegetation Management Inc.
905-510-1229

Municipality of Meaford
General Inquiries
519-538-1060

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