Hampshire weed patrol goes out on its once-a-year spray after hot weather growth spurt
HOTSPOTS where weeds are flourishing due to the hot weather are being targeted, a council has said.
Hampshire County Council said its hÂ ighways teams are setting out across the county and that already this summer, nearly 18,500 sq m of invasive weeds have been sprayed.
It comes after the county council halved its spraying schedule to one visit a year to save costs '“Â causing weeds to grow unchecked across the region. This round of spraying counts as the council'sÂ '˜one spray per year'.Â
Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport at the council said: '˜Our highways teams cut grass and treat weeds once a year, although overgrown vegetation affecting sight lines and safety on the roads is always dealt with as an emergency, and I would urge people to report this to us as soon as they can.Â
'˜I would like to reassure residents there will be extra highways crews out now until the end of the growing season to tackle weeds as part of a targeted programme.'
Weeds are treated using a non-residual glyphosphate based herbicide. The council saidÂ it is more environment-friendly.