County targets noxious weeds
Jefferson County sanitarian and weed commissioner Dan Miller is encouraging county residents to destroy their noxious weeds before they go to seed.
Miller said the weeds must be destroyed soon because many of them are close to going to seed, and then the weeds will be much harder to control.
A weed Miller is particularly focused on eradicating is hemlock. It appears throughout the county and large patches of it exist on North B Street near Badgett Drive.
Hemlock is poisonous if it is ingested. Miller said livestock may eat the weed and die if Hemlock spreads to rural pastures.
Hemlock was one of several weeds that were supposed to be extinguished by May 15, but Miller said some property owners have been slow to comply with the noxious weed ordinance. The other noxious weeds that were supposed to be removed by May 15 include Leafy Spurge, Teasel, Wild Mustard, Musk Thistle and about a dozen others.
Another group of noxious weeds referred to as “group two” must be removed by Saturday. This group includes Field Bindweed, Wild Carrot, Cocklebur, Bull Thistle, Shattercane and Water Hemp.
Property owners are responsible for destroying noxious weeds on their own property. They can do this by mowing the weeds, pulling them or using chemicals. Miller said cutting the weeds is fine provided the property owner continues to cut the weeds throughout the summer so they never go to seed.