Brushing dirt off of boots to prevent spread of weeds

Brushing boots really works to keep weeds on site

Why clean your equipment after a long exhausting day controlling noxious weeds? One of the primary modes of weed dispersal is seeds or other propagules hitching a ride on boots, shovels, pant legs and paws. In the case of garlic mustard, the seeds are very small and dark and are not going to be visible…

Patch of garlic mustard emerging in early March. Most of the leaves are still small, but will increase in size over the next few weeks.

Noxious weeds starting to emerge in early March

It might still be snowing in the mountains, but it’s not too early to find noxious weeds starting to emerge. On a recent tour of a few Seattle locations with noxious weed specialist Karen Peterson, I was able to find quite an assortment. We found garlic mustard rosettes that survived the winter starting to grow again.…

King County noxious weed specialist bagging the flowering tops of tansy ragwort after removal.

What do I do with all those weeds I pulled?

Some weeds just won’t die, even after they are uprooted. Tossing them on a brush pile might actually give them a second chance at life. Yellow archangel infestations often start from yard waste piles or discarded container plantings. Tansy ragwort will make a fairy ring of new plants around burn piles because the seeds spread in the…