Fall is a great time to collect the seed heads of those pesky noxious weeds before they hit the soil. We did just that with some helpful volunteers at the 2019 Make a Difference Day in West Foster Creek.
Ryan Lefler led volunteers armed with gloves and clippers to a riparian area where previously planted native species were surrounded by invasive weeds. Volunteers cut back crowding vegetation and removed either seed heads or whole plants of noxious weeds such as perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium), Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), and bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) to stop the plants from reproducing. A single bull thistle plant can make as many as 4,000 seeds yearly, and these can sprout for up to three years. Removed plant parts were carefully bagged and disposed of off-site to prevent further spread of these weeds. By lunchtime, the volunteers had filled a whole truck bed with bags! We are grateful for their help and land manager and owner assistance in our on-going efforts to enhance the West Foster Creek watershed.
If you would like to do weed control on your property, but are unsure of when you should be looking for these noxious pests, check out the chart that shows expected bloom time. If you are interested in controlling weeds in Douglas County or getting help with your weeds, attend the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) meeting planned in January 2020. Contact Ryan Lefler at 509-423-5990 if you have questions visit here.