Weed War

Weeds are a growing concern in our neighborhood. Many homeowner associations and individuals informed CARE that they felt overwhelmed by the numbers of weeds after last summer’s rains, particularly, the Bull, Canada and Musk thistles.

The Mission of the CARE Weed Committee is to maintain the natural heritage of the neighborhood we live in by preserving native plant species as well as mitigating against the spread of invasive weed species. By working with nature we can preserve the essence of the Ponderosa Pine Woodlands and Savannas natural communities that are located within our neighborhoods. Together we can reduce the use of water, reduce erosion, reduce the risk of fire (native species are tougher during droughts) and enhance the natural beauty of this unique part of Colorado making our neighborhoods more beautiful, sustainable and safer.

Neighbors who had worked hard to eliminate noxious weeds despaired because neighboring areas were infested so the weeds would return. CARE hopes to help share information on what works, investigate grants and foster cooperation in dealing with this invasion. CARE is contacting Jefferson County regarding the weeds on Apex Trail and along right of ways and Denver over weeds on their lands in our neighborhood. Mt. Vernon Country Club HOA pioneered the use of goats several years ago because weed seeds swallowed by goats are destroyed in their digestive systems. Mt. Vernon is now experimenting with the use of a fungus that only attacks thistle. Genesee shows good weed control.

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