Good evening everyone, glad to see you have come back for another one of my awesome blogs, well don’t worry, I won’t let you down, come and get suck in….
As you all know summer is (slowly) getting here, which means all the flowers are starting to grow and look lovely, but if the flowers are growing, so are the weeds. I wanted to know what happens to the weeds when their heads start popping up over the place, so I put together some questions and went to find out….
There are several reason for controlling the growth of weeds, some of them you may already be aware of, but others may surprise you 🙂
- Lets be honest, they are not that nice to look at and they affect the overall appearance of an area, but it is not only that, if you leave them alone for to long they can become a trap for litter.
- If they grow or fall into the gullies on the sides of the pavements, then this can slow down or even stop the drainage to the pavements.
- We don’t want to trip do we? Well weeds growing on pavements can cause uneven paving slabs and broken tarmac which could then lead to a tripping hazards. I am clumsy enough with out adding in extra things to trip over!
- Weed growth can destroy paved surfaces and even remove kerbstones.
- Now for the legal bit – Did you know that there is a statutory duty on the Council Highways Authority to control noxious and injurious weeds as defined in the Weeds act 1959 and the Wildlife Countryside Act 1981.
A herbicide is used to stop the weeds growing and spreading. When I was told this I found it pretty interesting, the herbicide doesn’t kill as soon as it touches the weeds but it instead enters it through the leaves and breaks down the weeds cell structure, this makes sure that all parts of the plant are destroyed and its regrowth is slowed down, this can only take place if the weed has already started growing.
Areas that are a potential problem are the ones that are targeted, this mainly seems to be the front and back of pavements where the seeds and spores can settle within the joints between the tarmac and concrete. But there is no stopping these guys, they are heading out there to stop those seeds and spores spreading.
Weeds are usually treated in the lovely seasons of spring, summer and autumn. To make the application of the herbicide effective they time it so that it is sprayed on to coincide with the weeds growth.
Health and safety is always important, and the lengthsmen and the Highways Grounds Maintenance team always make sure that they use the correct ‘droplet application techniques’ and have the right equipment and clothing. It is always important to consider the safety of the public when applying the Herbicide, and this team makes it one of their priorities. There are also certain policies that must be followed to prevent pollution.
I just thought you may also like to know that the Herbicide that is used is approved for use by the Chemical Regulations Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive.
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