Industrial Vegetation Management Program
To accomplish this, the roadside can be divided into 4 different areas.
1. Road Edge – vegetation free zone to facilitate maintenance, drainage, visibility, and weeds transported by vehicles and machinery.
2. Road Slope & Bottom– keep free of brush and perennial weeds. Important for line of sight to intersections and wildlife, and invasive weed control. For those residents who hay the ditches it is important to control weeds to prevent their spread.
3. Back Slope – control problem perennial weeds to prevent spreading into adjacent land and larger trees.
4. Fence lines – lower maintenance required unless vegetation is creating problems.
Herbicides are our most effective method of controlling plant growth. Herbicide selection is based on plant type, environment, and effectiveness. Method of control is spot spraying as well as some blanket spraying with the use of chemical injection equipment.
•Herbicide selection allows for a very broad spectrum of control as well as having the benefit of a longer residual property
•Because we operate on a 3 year rotation it is important that we use a herbicide that has some residual properties, which reduces the chemical load on the soil and the amount of manpower and equipment required to remove unwanted vegetation.
•Other herbicides are used as well based on efficacy, cost, and environment.
Mowing generally begins in mid-June on the County paved roads first and then gravel. All gravel roads are to receive one 15’ shoulder cut as well as back roads if time and conditions allow. Paved roads receive a second cut in the fall and if conditions allow a second pass to give a 30’ cut.