We spray weeds on roads and pavements twice a year between mid-May to the end of July and between September and October. The timing depends on weather conditions.
It takes 2 to 4 weeks to spray roads in one district. Some roads will be treated at the end of the programme, and therefore could have more weed growth by the time they are sprayed.
The chemical we use is Glyphosate. It is the most commonly used weed killer for public areas. It is approved for use by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and is marketed as safe to its users and the public, for use on the public highway.
Find out more about Glyphosate from the HSE website.
When treated, weeds do not die straight away. It can take several weeks for the weeds to die back and turn brown. The chemical will only treat green weeds that are growing at the time of the treatment. New weeds will grow following the treatment which will be unaffected by the chemical.
Once treated the dead weeds will be cleared up by the district council as part of their street cleansing programmes.
We do not chemically treat other weeds such as dandelions that grow in grass verges or shrub beds.
We use specialist treatment methods for harmful weeds, such as ragwort, giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed.
If you notice any of these weeds on the highway then please report it online. If the weeds are located on private property then these are the responsibility of the landowner.
For Japanese knotweed located in the highway we have a planned treatment programme. We will visit these sites during September to apply herbicide.
More information on harmful and invasive weeds can be found on the GOV.UK website.
We manage the maintenance of off road cycle tracks and the clearance of vegetation along routes to allow their use by bicycles. These routes are normally away from main roads and travel across rural areas.
We maintain the vegetation within cycle routes during May and again in September to keep them clear.
We do not maintain public rights of way paths. You can report a problem on a right of way online.
Pulling or hoeing weeds would save us using weed killer. We recommend wearing gloves when touching any plant you are unfamiliar with, in case you have a reaction to the sap or prickles.
The weed killer we use may remain in the plant system for 6 weeks or more, so you should not put sprayed weeds into your compost or into your green waste collection.
If you see dead weeds on your road please report these to the district council so that they can ensure that it is visited by their street cleansing team.