As part of our vegetation management mandate to control noxious and prohibited noxious weeds, as well as maintain clear sight-lines for the safety of motorists, the County of Grande Prairie No.1 mows approximately 4600 kms of roadside. As an added benefit, proper mowing of roadside edges also helps maintain the road in better condition by allowing any water to drain into the ditch and not be captured by dense vegetation at the edge. This allows the road edge to dry out properly, and maintains the integrity of the road for longer periods.
Our four Kubota tractors with Degelman side-arm combination mowers are busy from late May through to snowfall in October. Our team of dedicated, hard-working mowers ensures all ditches are mowed at least once per season, with many roads receiving a second cut later in the year. We greatly appreciate the help of landowners who keep the ditches clear of rocks, wire and debris, as this allows us to cover more ground, as well as keeping our tractors and operators safe and working.