Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beautiful noxious weeds

Posted by on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM

El Paso County e-mailed me this morning about its upcoming "Noxious Weeds Walk" in Palmer Park.

Here's the idea: An expert leads you through the park and points out all the non-native, nasty weeds that you should watch for and kill, kill, kill if they ever show up in your garden. Now, I got to tell you, the word "noxious" made me think of some pretty nasty plants. Poison ivy, maybe, or those nasty pokey things that stick to your pant legs. But a check on the county's Web site revealed that my assumptions were totally misguided.

The county is not talking about plants that we can all agree to hate. The county is talking about beautiful flowers.

Like this:

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Or this:

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They look so innocent! Apparently, though, they're not. Learn more by taking the walk.

Free “Noxious Weed Walk” Scheduled For Saturday, June 11, in Palmer Park
County-City Event Will Instruct Citizens on Identifying and Eradicating Hazardous Weeds

Colorado Springs, May 31, 2011 — El Paso County residents will receive up-close training on unwanted garden guests known as ‘noxious weeds’ during the June 11 “Noxious Weed Walk” in Palmer Park, co-sponsored by El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services.

Why walk through the park to unearth unruly weeds? Because these unassuming, non-native plants can wreak horticultural havoc on humans, animals and the environment. They invade and disrupt native vegetation and are a constant threat to drinking water supplies, agricultural crops and pasture lands, wildlife, domestic animals and native habitats. Noxious weeds also take a financial toll when factoring agricultural losses, property depreciation and weed-control costs.

“Noxious weeds have a nasty habit of adapting in many environments — spreading to and infesting cities, urban areas, wild lands and other areas,” states El Paso County’s Environmental Division Manager Kathy Andrew. “Learning about noxious weeds common to our region and how to identify them are important first steps to combating and eliminating them whenever and wherever they take root — including public recreation areas and residential properties.”

The June 11 “Noxious Weed Walk” will launch from the South Canyon Picnic Area in Palmer Park at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. Directions: Enter Palmer Park at the Paseo Road entrance, and take the first right after the entrance gate. Parking is located at the end of the dirt road at the South Canyon Picnic Area.

For additional information on this event, call 520-7846. Learn more about noxious weeds online at http://adm.elpasoco.com/Environmental%20Division/Pages/default.aspx

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