Pincourt residents complain about shallow, shoddy sod work
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Pincourt resident Susan Ore stands atop what used to be her lawn on 23rd Avenue but is now a mishmash of poor quality top soil strewn with small rocks, a few scraggly, stubby weeds and large bare spots. Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the city is making the necessary corrections to make sure the all the affected lawns are properly restored.
The grass isn’t greener on Susan Ore’s lawn in Pincourt. In fact, it isn’t growing at all. What was once a lush green carpet of grass is now a mishmash of poor quality top soil strewn with small rocks, a few scraggly, stubby weeds and large bare spots.
Ore brought her plight to the Pincourt council meeting on Tuesday evening, June 11. She addressed council during the speakers’ soap box where citizens can speak about any topic they choose. Ore spoke about her abysmal looking lawn, a recent symptom that affects her neighbours’ lawns all along the north side of the street she lives on.
“I’m here on behalf of my neighbourhood, 23rd Avenue,” Ore began. “There was major work done on our street last year. Our roads were ripped up; our lawns were shattered. A contractor replaced our lawns last fall with garbage sods. It turns out the earth that was put under the sod was infested with white worms. That sod has been removed.”
Ore complained another contractor recently sprayed the lawns with a hydro-seeding system which is not growing at all. She followed the instructions in a letter from the town that specified how and where to water, but the grass never sprouted. She also complained about having at least 10 small-sized rocks in every square foot section of her front lawn.
‘Our lawns look terrible’
“I have lived in Pincourt for 38 years and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this addressed in such an appalling manner. Our lawns look terrible. I’m ashamed to invite people to my house. It’s a bed of weeds. There is no grass growing, it’s only weeds. We need this to be addressed. It truly is out of control,” said Ore.
Her neighbour Bill Tainsh also had what was once a pristine and lush green lawn. He took pride in his lawn and maintained it properly only to also have a patchwork of weeds growing through the bare earth as well.
Topsoil with rocks
“I thought the only way to properly redo a lawn was to lay down sod. I never heard of that spray stuff they did it with. Then when I saw the weeds come up, I said ‘that won’t work.’ And with all the rocks in the soil, it would make a good rock garden. They didn’t put good topsoil down. They put topsoil with rocks. I can’t do anything with this,” said Tainsh.
Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the city is making the necessary corrections to make sure the all the affected lawns are properly restored. “All the citizens will have to do is make sure their lawns are properly watered. We hope the result will be positive this time,” he said.
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
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