So Many Weeds, Not Enough "Thyme"
Mother nature has had her “thyme” with us, now Town staff need “thyme” to catch up! The Town’s landscape maintenance staff take great pride in their work and are eager to address the abundance of weeds in our parks and streetscapes. Many residents have contacted us to express concern about the unkempt appearance of Town landscapes this spring. Please know that staff and contractors are actively and systematically working through more than 120 acres of park land and 28 miles of streetscape to address weeds.
In the fall of 2018, the Windsor Town Council adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy that banned the use of high-risk synthetic pesticides as part of a commitment to be the healthiest Town in Sonoma County by 2020. This new policy eliminated the use of Round-Up (Glyphosate) and other synthetic pre-emergent herbicides previously relied on to control weeds. The current bloom of weed growth on Town managed properties is in large part a consequence of the expected adjustment in weed abatement practices by staff as new techniques and products are put into use following adoption of the IPM policy. It’s also due to a long, wet winter, followed by a brief period of intense spring heat. We have mother nature to credit for that.
As staff complete this work, you may notice them using a new organic herbicide called Weed Zap, which relies on clove and cinnamon oil as its active ingredients, leaving a scent of “Big Red Gum” after use. Staff will continue to experiment with this and other approved products or alternative practices to manage bedding and weed prone areas to achieve aesthetically acceptable results. We are asking all residents to be patient and understanding with Town staff and contractors while a new, healthier system for weed management is established and work is completed to recover from the wet, wet winter!”
For more information about the Town's IPM program, click here.