More information on noxious weeds |

More information on noxious weeds

Lisa Taylor, Summit County Weed Coordinator

I would like to take a moment and thank the Summit Daily for its continued interest and support in the fight against noxious weeds in Summit County.The articles and pictures that are published in the paper educate scores of people about the effects of these plants on our beautiful environment. In the July 30 editorial, there were pictures of four noxious weeds. It said, “When the weeds are in flower, they must be eradicated by pulling them out by their roots and placing them in plastic bags, so that the seeds cannot escape.” While this is true for the scentless/mayweed chamomile, it is not true of the other three species pictured. Yellow toadflax can be pulled, but unless the entire root is removed it will grow back.If you choose to pull toadflax, plan on doing so for many years to come. Leafy spurge and Canada thistle on the other hand should NOT be pulled or dug, this just aggravates these plants and causes them to grow more.Since both of these plants have extensive root systems, the best treatment for them is with an approved herbicide such as Weed-B-Gone for tough perennials, once in the summer (before the flower blooms) and again in the fall while the plant is dying back for the winter, pulling its carbohydrate reserves back into its root system.Again, this will be an ongoing treatment for several years, but with persistence you can kill these plants. If you have any more questions please feel free to give me a call at (970) 666-4218.Lisa Taylor Summit County Weed Coordinator

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