Weeds are everyone’s problem, and everyone can help reduce the spread of noxious and non-native weeds.
What can you do?
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- Take proper care when disposing of weeds (roots, stems, and seeds). Some weeds can be composted, but many weeds should not be composted or put in yard waste. If the weed has gone to seed, it probably should not be composted. Follow the transport and disposal guidelines for the weed species or contact the Weed Board or a Habitat Restoration Specialist for advice.
- Weeds spread when seed or roots and stems fly out of the back of trucks or are tossed in streams or ditches
- Clean boats, boots, clothes, tools, and equipment: seeds and plant parts can easily hitch a ride into a new area on boots, waders, clothes, shovels, and vehicles. Unintentional introductions of non-native and noxious plants into areas by hikers, fishermen, hunters, and even conservation workers and volunteers is well-documented
- Do not use weed-infested compost, mulch, or soil
- “Let no weed go to seed” – clip flowering heads or mow flowering plants before they go to seed
[toggle title=”Landscape with native plants or non-invasive ornamental plants.”]Approximately half of noxious weeds in Washington are escapees from gardens. You can learn more about planting with native plants here or visit the Great Plant Picks website for more information about non-invasive ornamental plants that thrive in this region.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Control or eradicate (if possible) non-native and noxious weeds from your property.”]Find resources to help you with proper control, transport and disposal: <Link to pasture weeds> Read How Do I Get Rid Of My Weeds?[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Get involved in invasive plant removal work parties, or volunteer as a park steward.”] Contact the park to learn about stewardship opportunities, or volunteer with organizations like EarthCorps or Sound Salmon Solutions. [/toggle]
Online resources to help you identify, report, and control specific weed species:
- Weed identification and control strategies:
King County Noxious Weed Control Board (nice photos for identification): http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-control-practices.aspx
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board: http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/search.asp
- Report noxious weeds on public property in Snohomish County: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Public_Works/Divisions/Road_Maint/Noxious_Weeds/