Roadsides getting the no-weeds look

Pierce County roadsides are about to get their annual no-weeds makeover.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 28 and continue through June. The spraying will also occur through the end of November as needed, county road officials said.
Only federal and state-approved herbicides are used.
Workers will also mow, cut brush and trim trees along roads during the spring and summer, weather-permitting, as part of the ounty’s integrated roadside vegetation management program.
“Properly maintained roadsides are important for the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” said Bruce Wagner, the Public Works Department's road operations manager.
Annual maintenance also reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth.
Property owners who don't want roadsides adjacent to their land sprayed can sign an agreement that requuires them to control the vegetation. If the property owner falls short, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the county.


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