Dangerous weed invading Garfield County

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. A toxic weed is spreading from landscaped gardens into native areas in Garfield County and can be dangerous to humans.

Myrtle Spurge was initially introduced locally as an ornamental plant for landscaping. It is designated as a List A noxious weed which crowds out native vegetation by forming dense infestations.

It also has a white sap that can cause severe skin irritation if touched. The most common victims are children who unassumingly pick its flowers.

A program beginning on May 19th and running through June 5th will reward landowners who remove the toxic weeds with vouchers for fresh, non-invasive plants.

Property owners are asked to exercise caution when pulling the invasive weeds. It is advised that people wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves while digging or pulling up spurge. Remove at least four inches of the rooted clump. Collect plants in plastic bags for disposal as garbage. Do not compost.

Residents who collect 30-gallon garbage bags during the three week period the program runs can receive the $15 vouchers at Mountain Valley Greenhouse.

KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 259826391 - nbc11news.com/a?a=259826391
Gray Television, Inc.