Property owners will benefit greatly from working with neighbors on weed management because of the transient nature of weeds. Be aware that certain weeds require different management strategies to control. Identifying weed threats on your property is the first step to early detection and rapid response. Prevention is the most cost effective line of defense. Keep your property covered with desirable vegetation and make sure not to transport weeds. Use native or non-invasive vegetation to out-compete noxious weeds.
Quickly respond to any new weed infestation. Common weed control techniques include:
- PhysicalHand-pulling weeds before they set seed can help stop them from spreading.
- MechanicalMow, rake or use powered tools and machinery to manage weeds.
- GrazingAllow livestock to graze weeds before they go to seed. Since animals can transport seeds, don’t move them from a weedy area to a weed free area.
- ChemicalsHerbicides are commonly used to kill weeds. Be sure to read the product label prior to application. Use the weather (e.g., wind direction), buffers or other practices to minimize any transport of chemicals away from the target plant by runoff or drift.