Flowers are a large part of Parks Operations during the summer months. There are close to 100 flowerbeds across Grande Prairie that are tilled, amended, planted, watered, fertilized and weeded by Parks staff. In addition to flowerbeds, they also care for 250 hanging baskets and 40 barrel planters.
Hanging Baskets and Barrels
In mid June, Parks staff hang baskets on light posts at the Coke Centre, Crystal Centre, City Hall and throughout downtown and Jubilee Park. A truck carrying approximately 2200 litres of water is used to water each basket with a mounted boom sprayer.
Watering and Fertilizing
Parks Operations uses specially designed water trucks to water all City flowerbeds. The flowers are watered with a root inducing and bloom boosting fertilizer until mid-summer and then switched to a nutrient balanced fertilizer. This watering system helps the flowers to grow, bloom and remain healthy right until frost.