Recently a couple of emails from Kaitlin were circulated to some of the residents in the community. The emails gave some details of Kaitlin’s intentions to start spraying herbicides close to residential properties and to allow the “rough” to grow back.

This is the first email.

All our resident property owners;

This is a friendly reminder that some residents have been encroaching on golf course/housing property and we require this to cease asap.

We will be installing property boundary stakes and would appreciate your cooperation by; ceasing to mow, removing any fixtures that have been erected, remediate any changes to the landscape, cease spraying chemicals, or infringing of the golf course/housing properties.

We trust you can resolve these issues within the next 30 days. If for any reason you require a longer timeline, please contact us to make that arrangement.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please do not respond to this email.  Appropriate contact information is listed below.

John Raheyn 613-352-5152

Jim Burlington 613-352-5152

The first email was less than comprehensive and created considerable confusion. Kaitlin then issued a second email.

FYI to all our homeowners bordering the golf course;

 We have had some queries regarding the long roughs and whether we would be addressing these areas in the same manner as in the past.

The answer is yes! Once spraying on the golf course has concluded for the season, we will be mowing all the areas of long rough.

This will serve two(2) purposes;

 1 – will reduce the small rodent population in these areas and force them into the naturalized areas throughout the property

2 –  will allow us in the spring to spray this area and hopefully greatly reduce the weed population

 Of note; over the past two seasons we have been experimenting with some products we use at various rates to attempt to control some of the more hardy weeds. To date we have had some success and plan to begin with this tank mix in the spring.

The mix has a very low LD50, very quick re-entry period but will damage most perennials and small shrubs. It is far less caustic and toxic than current options being used for similar applications by townships etc. on roadsides and vacant lands. It will be important to remove any of these items that are on the golf/housing properties to avoid damage to the plants

Staff will be monitoring the extent of control from these applications. 

Hopefully this answers many of your questions.

Editorial Note.

I started to write an article for posting to the website when I realized I only had part of the story.

I was interested to understand the term LD50 referenced in the email from Kaitlin. I could not find a reference to the term “very low LD50”.

The email also has a reference to reducing the rodent population, this implies a pesticide as well as herbicide is being used, or the herbicide can impact the rodent population.

There are a myriad of questions left unanswered by the two Emails from the club house. What is this pesticide/herbicide? How close to residential buildings can it be used?

Clarify your individual situation.

It is important that you contact Jim Burlington with any questions you may have. Each person’s situation is unique and the emails from Kaitlin cannot answer all of your questions. Jim Burlington will meet with each of you individually to answer questions. Please call him directly.

Jim Burlington 613-352-5152  Ext 224

From Webmaster

Your comments are welcomed and I will pass them on as appropriate.

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  • Richard Dobing

    I still do not see how the two emails are directly related. The first email sounded very confrontational reminding home owners about not encroaching on LG&CC property. The 2nd email from LG&CC addresses spraying and cutting the long grass surrounding the boundary.

    I can understand LG&CC reminding private home owners about respecting the property boundaries and not encroaching on their property; however respect must be mutual. If we are being asked not to encroach on LG&CC property than they also need to do a better job of policing golfers who are trespassing on home owners property. Last week I witnessed golfers walking through the tall grass along our boundary to pick up their golf ball which had gone out of bounds in our backyard.

    Maybe a friendly reminder would help as the golfers embark on their day of golf.

  • Gerald McLoughlin

    I had assumed that the reduction of the rodent population was a result of loss of habitat, since the note states that they would relocate.
    I am more concerned about what would be classified as ‘weeds’. Do they mean wild parsnip or do they include all wild flowers many of which are essential for the survival of beneficial fauna such as birds, bees, butterflies etc., some of which are already under threat of extinction because of loss of habitat and excess insecticide use.
    In other words, how selective is this mystery herbicide containing low LD50?
    Not very, i suspect, if we have to remove all plants from the vicinity of the proposed areas to be sprayed.

  • Simon Barber

    Thanks for posting this. I consider both e-mails confusing and lacking detail. I back onto the golf course and cut my own grass up to the point where it was cut when I purchased my property in 2016. The long rough which comes right up to my property has been mowed twice this year. There are no markers indicating where my property ends, though nearby neighbours have some orange markers and wooden posts.
    As to spraying herbicides my guess is that they are spraying a “selective” herbicide to kill specific weeds. They haven’t stated what weeds they are trying to kill. In the long rough near me there are a few thistles (rather beautiful when in full flower but a nuisance if they get out of control), wild parsnip last year which seems not to be present this year, milkweed which acts as a food source for the Monarch butterfly larvae (and I have photos from 2016 of these larvae on milkweed in the rough) as well as some horseradish. No-one hits balls into this rough as it is behind the tee, i.e. they are hitting the ball away from this area) so no-one is going to be looking for lost balls. Perhaps it doesn’t need cutting at all!
    The term LD50 is meaningless unless we are told what test animal (Sprague Dawley rat, Bobwhite Quail, fish species etc.) were the test species. It refers to the lowest dose of the active ingredient of the herbicide that killed 50% of the test animals when given as an acute oral dose of the herbicides active ingredient. It would be more meaningful for those of us interested in this to know the actual herbicides the are going to be sprayed, and also how they are going to be sprayed. From my perspective there are no weeds near my property boundary that need controlling with a herbicide or herbicide mixture (i.e., more than one active herbicide ingredient). That being the case a blanket spraying of the long rough near me with a tractor pulled sprayer would in my view be unnecessary and in fact environmentally irresponsible. If there are the odd wild parsnip plants in the long rough then they could be controlled by localized spraying with a backpack sprayer. This is true too of wild parsnip that is growing around a pond near the tee off I am living by.
    Again, thanks for posting and it would be good to have more detailed information.
    Regards, Simon Barber

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