We are pleased to
announce that VMI was recently awarded two
for a Colorado Public Garden which needed assistance with their
control efforts in both its Turf and Native Areas. As with any
garden, weeds tend
to rear their ugly little heads. In grasses that are regularly
being mowed, certain
weeds have a tendency to thrive. In general they might typically
be as follows:
Dandelions – These weeds are originally native to
has it that they were brought to North America to
beautify sod roofs
popular with the Pioneers. They have become
cosmopolitan and can
bloom almost nine months of the year.
Bindweed – This weed was also introduced from
Europe. It is
remarkably adaptable and can grow at altitudes as
high as 10,000 feet. It
is quite difficult to control as its roots can grow
to depths of 20 feet and its
seeds can remain viable in the soil for up to 50
Filaree – A native of Europe or Asia this weed is
around the world. It flowers early,
prolifically and is occasionally not
a welcomed plant in cultivated lawns.
Mallow – This species also hails from Europe and is
in North America. Having rounded leaves with a
heart-shaped base and
flowers ranging from white to lavender it almost
resembles a miniature
native Geranium. However it can be quite tenacious
and is often
hope to be considered a valuable asset in the control of all the
plants inhabiting this delightful Public Garden.
The other is
actually an enhancement of a contract landed in 2005 for a Front
Range Governmental agency.
We conduct weed control efforts in spring and fall going after
weeds such as Dalmation Toadflax, Knapweed and Thistles along
with 70 Tamarisk plants.
year we have been awarded a total of approximately 1175 acres of
which 224 will
have aerial application. This method has proved to be quite
effective for large scale projects such as this that have
sizeable acreages populated with an inordinate amount of Diffuse
Knapweed. Ground applications will be conducted throughout the
spring, summer, and fall.