Council teams battle rapid weed growth due to weather conditions

22 July 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council StreetCare teams are currently battling with rapid weed growth across the borough caused by a wet spring and then the recent warm but humid weather.

Weed control usually starts in late spring, with a follow-up in September, but StreetCare Services teams were unable to start weed treatments due the very wet weather during the spring months.  Wet weather makes the treatment less effective.

Weeds can grow in between pavements and at the roadside, reproducing quickly and aggressively causing damage to drains, pavement and road surfaces if not kept under control.  They are also very drought resistant.  The only way to tackle them is by spraying weed killer annually.

StreetCare Services staff will be out and about over the next few weeks both on foot and using quad vehicles to spray the borough’s streets and pavements, plus a specialist contractor will work on larger, open spaces.  The use of quad vehicles allows teams to ‘spot-treat’ particular problem areas.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “In addition to our normal street cleaning schedule, the borough-wide weed spraying programme usually take place in late spring and then again in September.  The recent warm and humid spell has created a surge in weed growth in the borough.

“Weeds are sprayed using a suitable herbicide, similar to ordinary garden weed killer that won’t harm pets or the environment.  Conditions should be dry and calm when spraying the weed killer as wet weather delays the treatment and makes it less effective.

“After the weed killer has been sprayed, it can take a few weeks to take effect. Weeds will eventually ‘die-back’.  Our teams are currently working hard to combat weeds in many areas of the borough.”

If weeds are a problem in your area, you can report it via the ‘Your Streets’ website.

The Council’s StreetCare team using a quad vehicle to spray weeds in Ellesmere Port.

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