Last week we began a control project on Scotch Broom for BC MoTI on Hwy 91A next to City of New Westminster lands. This is a great project as it highlights the importance of cross jurisdictional efforts on invasive plants. New West has been actively controling Broom in this area and to help their effort, MoT is doing the same. Scotch Broom can be very difficult to pull out and I know that I personally have spent many sweaty hours using a weed wrench on some monster Broom plants. In order to be most efficient, we used the cut and paint approach. This approach is very fast as all it involves is cutting the Broom plant at its base and painting the stump with herbicide. This is a great approach as there is no risk (or almost no risk) or non target damage and very little herbicide is used. We are excited to follow this site for efficacy as we have not engaged in a large-scale broom control project such as this yet. Last year, we rarely controled Broom plants as they are lower on our priority list. We did treat several when they were on the same site as a priority species. I could not believe how quickly it went to treat these infestations. Watch our video blog on this treatment method by clicking "continue reading" below...
Video Blog- Cut and Paint Control Method for Scotch Broom09 April 2012
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:04
posted by Jesse
Thanks for posting this. I've just removed some monster sized Broom myself with the Extractigator borrowed from the Bowen Island Garden Club. There are still many plants on adjacent properties which I hope to get permission to remove.
The more involved in this cause the better.
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