Weed Control

Weed control

Weed spraying operations

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. The only way to tackle this is by spraying weed killer annually.  

How we control weeds

In addition to our normal street cleaning schedule, the borough-wide weed spraying programme begins in spring, usually around March or April. Our specialist contractor carries out an initial spray which is followed by further treatments in summer and autumn to limit weed growth.  

Using a suitable herbicide, similar to ordinary garden weed killer that won’t harm pets or the environment, weeds are sprayed providing the weather is not wet or windy. Conditions should be dry and calm when spraying the weed killer but wet weather may delay the treatment and make it less effective in some areas.  

Weed growth is usually affected by the weather with warm, damp conditions creating a surge. After the weed killer has been sprayed, it can take a few weeks to take effect. Weeds will eventually ‘die-back’ and the residue is removed through routine scheduled street cleaning.

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