Parks, Recreation & Cemetery
September 29, 2016 Trees are an important part of our urban environment. Healthy trees supply valuable economic, human health and aesthetic benefits and also generate an increase in property values. It takes many years to grow a mature tree; maintaining the tree health is extremely important and worthwhile. Pruning is an essential component to keeping your trees healthy and can help prolong a tree’s life span if done properly. Pruning is the act of removing dead, diseased or undesirable limbs. The objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive trees. Before pruning a tree you need to understand why, when and how to prune. Avoid tree service companies that recommend “topping” to control tree height and safety. Topping, the practice of removing large branches and tops of trees, has become one of the urban forest’s major threats. It dramatically shortens the lifespan of trees and creates hazardous trees rather than eliminating them. This type of cutting results in unsightly weak regrowth that becomes more vulnerable to insects and disease such as Dutch elm disease (DED). The large open wounds also can attract invasion of rotting organisms. A topped tree is more likely to break or uproot in a storm than a healthy tree. For this reason, it is recommended that you hire a professional arborist who is qualified and experienced in pruning. Arborists should be certified and belong to a professional organization such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This will ensure that the person you have hired has met specific eligibility requirements. ISA certified arborists are required to take continuing education to recertify every few years. Always check references and, if possible, look at trees previously pruned by the person you are hiring. We need to take care of our trees so they can be appreciated by future generations. It takes a long time to grow a mature tree in our harsh prairie climate and improper pruning can quickly put a tree into rapid decline. A loss of trees is not just an aesthetic loss but has real economic, health and safety impacts. For more information on pruning, certified ISA arborists and DED visit either http://www.isaprairie.com/ or www.stopded.org. Remember that the Saskatchewan Elm Pruning Ban runs April 1st until Sept 30th each year. This is enforceable under The Forest Resources Management Act, 1996, The Dutch Elm Disease Regulations 2005.
May 4th to May 31st, 2016 Weather and Time permitting The Spring Weed Control program is completed in May of each year and covers unirrigated turf areas such as roadside ditches, turf adjacent to trails and empty City-owned lots. The following locations are on the list for 2016: Thatcher Drive West and East, including along trails. 9th Avenue NW MacDonald to Highway #1 Main Street North including meridians 9th Avenue NE: from Thatcher Dr. East to Caribou St East. Manitoba Expressway: from Highway #1 to 2nd Avenue East Boulevard adjacent to Spring Creek along Simcoe and Laurier Caribou Height Football Field Rosedale and Moose Jaw Cemeteries These green spaces will be evaluated and only those areas exhibiting high weed numbers will be sprayed with pesticide. The herbicide used will be 2,4-D. These areas may be “spot sprayed”. **Prior to spraying, adjacent residents will be notified and areas to be sprayed will be placarded. For your own comfort and safety, it is suggested that residents keep their windows closed and stay off sprayed areas during spraying operations and for 24 hours afterward If you are chemically sensitive or have any questions regarding the City of Moose Jaw’s Turf Management program, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (306) 694-4439
All Cemetery Rates and Outdoor Columbarium and Scattering Garden Rates are effective June 1, 2016, EXCEPT for Memorialization Rates for Outdoor Columbarium and Scattering Garden which are effective July 1, 2016. All Rates do not include GST. All Rates do not include GST. Information on burial practices, rates, plot locations, outdoor columbarium or the scattering garden can be obtained by contacting the Cemetery Office located in the Parks & Recreation Department, 4th Floor, City Hall 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8 Phone: (306) 694-4430 Fax: (306) 692-7151 Email: email@example.com Cemetery Rates
Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation is committed to providing Public Skates at all 3 arenas each week. Public Skating is your opportunity to get active and enjoy quality recreation individually or with family and friends. For more info on Public Skating please call the Rec Info Line at 306-694-4500. The benefits of recreation are endless!
Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’): Low growing shrub with heart-shaped, green foliage. Very showy, large clusters of ball shaped white flowers that flower late in summer. Attracts butterflies. Cut flowers. Height: 1m; Span: 1m; Full sun to Partial shade. Hardiness Zone 3.
Lilac – Syringa Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris): An old-fashioned favourite with an upright and spreading growth bait. Heart shaped, shiny, dark green leaves. Fragrant, light purple flowers in mid-spring. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Cut flowers. Height: 2.5m; Span: 2.5m; Full sun. Hardiness Zone 2. Japanese Tree lilac (Syringa reticulate): Upright spreading tree. Deep green foliage with creamy-white flowers in late June. Very fragrant. Makes an excellent small specimen tree. Height: 7m; Span: 6m. Full sun. Hardiness Zone3.
Ninebark – Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’): Bight purple leaves turn scarlet red in fall. Attractive small white flowers in early summer followed by reddish fruit in late summer. Attracts butterflies. Height: 2.5m; Span: 2l5 m; Full sun. Hardiness Zone 3.