We hoped that we had seen the last of the damaging weed growth that threatened to wreck footpath and forecourt surfaces last summer.
The Council’s weed control programme failed last year but there are hopes that things will be better this year.
We were advised that a first application of weed killer to paths and gutters took place in April.
Recent damp but warm weather has encouraged plant growth and the inevitable appearance of weeds. There seems to be little evidence in some streets and back lanes of “die back” from the application.
However weed control operatives have been seen in various parts of the City so it may be too early to draw conclusions.
One worrying trend has been the reappearance of tough weeds like “Horses/Mares Tail”. There have been sightings of this pervasive and destructive weed in several locations including Windsor Garth, Green Lane, Kir Crescent and Marston Avenue. In each case damage is being caused to footpath or road surfaces. This is likely to be expensive to repair.
There is a proprietary “diamond” weed killer which eliminates weeds like this as well as nettles and thistles. It is not clear whether the Council has specified the use of this product in problem areas.
If it hasn’t then it needs to get a move on with applying the chemical quickly to avoid further damage and expense.