Saskatoon information launched to assist management probably threatening weed for canines – Saskatoon

The city of Saskatoon says it has introduced a new guide to help people prevent and control foxtail barley.

In recent years, indigenous perennial grass has increased within city limits with varying concentrations in parks as well as in partially developed and unmanaged land holdings, according to a press release on Wednesday.

“Foxtail ripens in summer, usually in July. When ripe, the seed heads of the foxtail break open and are sharp. The barbed seed heads can get stuck in the skin, mouth, nose and eyes of dogs and other pets and cause serious damage, ”says the city guide.

“When digested, the barbed seed heads can become embedded in soft tissue, causing infection and even death.”

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Jesse Vanhouwe has lived in Brighton for over two years and has described it as a pet friendly neighborhood.

“The danger to pet health is that foxtails can get inside a pet as if the pet were stepping on it. They can work their way into the muscles of the pets, under the pet’s skin, which will lead to visits and operations at the vet, ”Vanhouwe said.

“Then there is a slightly worse outcome if the animal eats or swallows it, and unfortunately these trips to the vet and surgery can be quite expensive and sometimes fatal.

“I’ve never heard of dogs die. Today I heard from a friend of ours whose dog is actually on the way to the vet today because it has ingested foxtail seeds, gets sick and is now going to the vet to hopefully take a break or repair further damage. “

The city said it is actively addressing current problem areas while taking a proactive approach to minimize the future occurrence of foxtail.

“The big problem I have with this is that the word is being proactively lost for them. They use local residents to file complaints, ”Vanhouwe said.

“I oppose this policy because it seems like a real wait and see policy.”

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Instead of city politics, Vanhouwe wants problem areas to be identified early and a scheduled maintenance schedule to be made.

“The planned maintenance plan would be to identify foxtail areas of concern at the beginning of the season when the weeds begin to grow, and then adopt the management plan to determine whether the weeds are sprayed at that time to get rid of them as soon as they are know there is an area of ​​concern, ”he said.

“Remediation techniques, be it spraying or tillage, should be used and… should never be mowed as the weeds would have been treated sooner.

“Mowing would be used as an absolute last resort just because it encourages or facilitates further spread.

Foxtail is referred to as a nuisance weed under the Saskatchewan Provincial Weed Control Act.

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