Noxious Weeds

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS REGARDING NOXIOUS WEEDS
 

The main purpose of the Province of Ontario’s Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture. Primarily, this Act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this generally excludes lawns, gardens and private areas used for personal enjoyment and leisure.

Under Sections 3, 13, 16, 18 and 23 of the Weed Control Act, property owners are required to destroy all noxious weeds on their property by June 1st of each year and throughout the season.

 

NOXIOUS WEEDS

Item

Common Name

Scientific Name

1.

Barberry, common

Berberis vulgaris L.

2.

Buckthorn, European

Rhamnus cathartica L.

3.

Carrot, wild

Daucus carota L.

4.

Colt’s-foot

Tussilago farfara L.

5.

Dodder spp.

Cuscuta spp.

5.1

Giant Hogweed

Heracleum mantegazzianum

6.

Goat’s-beard spp.

Tragopogon spp.

7.

Hemlock, poison

Conium maculatum L.

8.

Johnson grass

Sorghum halepense (L.) Persoon

9.

Knapweed spp.

Centaurea spp.

10.

Milkweed spp.

Asclepias spp.

11.

Poison-ivy

Rhus radicans L.

12.

Proso millet, black-seeded

Panicum miliaceum L. (black-seeded biotype)

13.

Ragweed spp.

Ambrosia spp.

14.

Rocket, yellow

Barbarea spp.

15.

Sow-thistle, annual, perennial

Sonchus spp.

16.

Spurge, Cypress

Euphorbia cyparissias L.

17.

Spurge, leafy

Euphorbia esula L. (complex)

18.

Thistle, bull

Cirsium vulgare (Savi) Tenore

19.

Thistle, Canada

Cirsium arvense (L.) Scopoli

20.

Thistle, nodding, spp.

Carduus spp.

21.

Thistle, Russian

Salsola pestifer Aven Nelson

22.

Thistle, Scotch

Onopordum acanthium L.

23.

Vetchling, tuberous

Lathyrus tuberosus L.

                                                R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1096, Sched.; O. Reg. 328/10, s. 1

Dandelions are not categorized as noxious weeds under the Weed Control Act.  The Town of Lincoln has, however, designated Diseased Fruit Trees as a local noxious weed under the Act. 

In Urban Areas

Sections 3, 13, 16, 18 and 23 of the Weed Control Act do not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes as they do not interfere with that use.

However, the Town of Lincoln’s Clean Yards By-law No. 04-30, which also regulates regarding the above-noted noxious weeds, may apply to such situations. All properties within the Town are therefore requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act and the Clean Yards By-law by June 1st and throughout the season.
 

Destroying Noxious Weeds
 

Noxious weeds may be destroyed by the following methods:
 
(a)  pulling or otherwise removing the plants from the soil;
(b)  cutting the roots or stalks of the plants before the seeds have developed sufficienty to open after cutting;
(c)  cultivating the soil in which the plants are growing;

(d)  treating with a herbicide that causes the plants to be destroyed or prevents the growth of the plants or ripening of their seeds (please see NOTE below).

The Town of Lincoln encourages the methods of (a), (b) or (c) to control noxious weeds.

PLEASE NOTE:  Effective April 22, 2009, the Province of Ontario has enacted a cosmetic pesticides ban.   The ban is intended to protect Ontario families and children from the unnecessary risks of cosmetic pesticides by only allowing the use of certain lower-risk pesticides for controlling weeds and pests in lawns and gardens.  The ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, parks and school yards, and includes many herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Over 250 products have been banned for sale and more than 80 pesticide ingredients have been banned for cosmetic uses.  There are exceptions for public health or safety reasons such as fighting West Nile Virus, killing stinging insects like wasps, or controlling poison ivy and other plants poisonous to the touch.  Other exceptions include agriculture and forestry.  Prior to using any herbicide/pesticide to destroy or control weeds on your property - landowners are urged to ensure their compliance with Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticides Ban.  For additional information - please contact the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
 

 

 

 

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