Sage Creek Native Grasses and Wetlands

Native Grasses and Wetlands

Acres of Beauty

Sage Creek is home to over 150 acres of parks, wetlands, native grasses, wildflowers and vegetation. These natural elements help create a healthier neighbourhood and stunning natural landscapes for you to enjoy.

Native grasses are hardy plants indigenous to Manitoba that do not need to be watered, fertilized or frequently maintained. Their growth in public areas is managed by the City of Winnipeg through a controlled burn every five years or so. This trims back the grasses and allows them to regenerate and different species of plants to bloom. 

These landscapes change colour with the seasons and provide natural habitat and shelter for many birds and animals. They also absorb carbon from the air, purify the soil and filter the water in the wetlands they surround.

Native Grasses are fragile during the first few years after they are planted. It is important to keep off young grasses while they establish roots in the soil. Along with environmentally friendly limestone trails throughout the community, Sage Creek’s parks and wetlands offer a new standard to parkland sustainability.

Benefits

  • Require no watering or fertilizer and much less mowing
  • Require little-to-no pesticide use
  • Aid in reducing soil erosion due to wind or water
  • Provide habitat and shelter for birds and animals
  • Absorb carbon from the air and help purify the soil
  • Provide texture and colour change with the seasons
  • Not attractive to Canada Geese or gophers


Caring for Native Grasses on Your Property

If you live with native grasses on your property, there are some dos and don’ts to keep them healthy. 

Cut your grasses about every 5 years to manage their growth. Only cut them in the fall with the mower set at 4” high. Be sure to remove the clippings and thatch after mowing so that the grass roots can get sunlight. Do not spread topsoil or dump other grass clippings on native grasses. 

Native grasses do not do well in the shade. Avoid installing screens, sheds, or trees in areas that will block a lot of sunlight to the grasses. 

If you are doing extensive landscaping near your grasses, it’s best to consult a professional landscaper or gardening specialist on what to plant. Do not plant among the grasses as disturbing the soil can be harmful and cause weeds to grow. You should not plant evergreen tree species near native grasses, but you can plant deciduous (leafy) trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and perennials nearby. 

The native grasses on your property are under a vegetation easement and must be appropriately maintained. Native grasses in public areas (i.e. adjacent to but not on your property) should not be removed or modified in any way.