Ditches are part of the road right-of-way, which Strathcona County has a responsibility to maintain. 

Strathcona County mows ditches to keep the vegetation short for the safety of residents travelling on rural roads and to ensure proper drainage.

Mower working in the ditch

Mowing in rural areas 

The frequency of mowing depends on the location of the ditches: 

  • Range roads and township roads are mowed twice per year.  
    • First cut – May or June 
    • Second cut – July or August 
  • Rural subdivisions are mowed once per year, typically in August. 
  • Rural hamlets are mowed once per year, typically in July. 

Mow at your own risk 

Residents may choose to mow their own ditch in addition to County mowing activities. However, not all equipment is suitable for mowing ditches and residents are responsible for any damage to their own equipment from debris, garbage or uneven and steep ground. 

Municipal reserves are not included 

Municipal reserves are maintained as natural areas and are not mowed as part of this annual program. In special circumstances, reserves may be mown with herbicide to control especially difficult weeds, as directed by Weed Inspectors. 

Reserves will not be mown for fire risk unless identified by Emergency Services. Learn more about FireSmart and request an assessment. 

Highways maintained by the province 

Vegetation control on primary and secondary highways is the responsibility of Alberta Transportation. View a complete listing of primary and secondary highways in Strathcona County.  

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Last updated: Thursday, June 06, 2024
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