Tackling weed growth following one of wettest springs on
3 July 2012
Kent Highways has begun an intensive drive to tackle weeds on
roads and pavements across the county after one of the wettest
springs on record forced crews to postpone regular treatment.
The record rainfall has also boosted growth of the untreated weeds.
Now crews are concentrating on spraying weeds across Kent.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and
Waste, Bryan Sweetland, said:
“The spring months saw exceptionally high rainfall and we adjusted
our work to take account of this. It meant postponing weed
spraying, so that we didn’t waste money on weed killer that would
simply have been washed away.
“We are now spraying weeds across the county. Once the spray takes
effect, which usually takes within two to four weeks, we will
return to the worst affected areas to remove and dispose of the
larger dead weeds. I'm sure residents will notice an improvement
A further spray will be undertaken during September and October
with a special focus on targeting weed growth that has taken place
since the first spray. This will help tackle the problems caused by
the weather conditions, as well as restricting weed growth in the
following growing season.
Kent County Council encourages communities to help with the
maintenance of vegetation on roadsides in front of private homes
Useful information about how residents can
help to control vegetation in their local area.