Beaumont is committed to maintaining safe and healthy urban environments. Since controlling weeds and harmful pests is important for ensuring the enjoyment and sustainability of our park spaces and trees, we have reintroduced the application of herbicides and pesticides for periodic use in problem areas.
Green spaces in town suffer from very high concentrations of broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions. We spray the spruce trees to control the spread and destruction caused by the yellow-headed spruce sawfly.
Spraying will not take place within 30 meters of a playground or daycare, or in the flood zone surrounding any water body or waterway, including Storm Water Management Facilities.
Signs will be placed around the proposed spraying area a minimum of 24 hours prior to spraying and 48 hours after spraying.
Many spruce trees around town are not doing well. The majority of the damage you see has been caused by the Yellow-Headed Spruce Sawfly-a small, green caterpillar that emerges in June and feeds on spruce needles until about the end of July each year.
After years of feeding on our trees, some trees have died while other healthy trees are beginning to get infected. This is why we must spray to control this devastating insect.