Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Weed infestation may put you in a 'bind'

 

Charlene Smith

A bind weed looks innocent enough, but is considered noxious in Wyoming and is illegal to have on your property.

A green lawn, well maintained, watered and cared for is a point of pride for its caretaker. However, as with any prized possession, enemies can attack and turn beauty into a beast.

Many weeds that you find a simple eye pain, can be classified by the state as a pest or worse, a noxious weed which legally needs to be eliminated.

Bind weed is one in particular that spreads quickly and is listed by the state of Wyoming as a noxious weed. It presents itself as a harmless running vine weed with innocent white flowers.

Noxious weeds are defined as, “plant species having seeds or other plant parts determined to be detrimental to the general health or welfare of the state based upon the following:

Has demonstrated the ability to aggressively invade native plant communities and agricultural crops; Is injurious or poisonous to livestock; Is a carrier of disease or parasites; can, by virtue of either direct or indirect effect, negatively impact management of agricultural or natural ecosystems.”

Charlene Smith/Pine Bluffs Post Convolvulus arvensis, otherwise known as bind weed, can creep into your lawn and quickly take over.

Common names of other weeds classified as noxious in Wyoming include; skeleton-leaf bursage, common burdock, hoary cress white-top, russian knapweed, plumeless thistle, musk thistle, diffuse knapweed, spotted knapweed, canada thistle, hounds-tongue, quack-grass, leafy spurge, common St. John’s wort, dyers woad, perennial pepper-weed, ox-eye daisy, Dalmatian toadflax, yellow toadflax, purple loosestrife, Scotch thistle, perennial sow-thistle, salt-cedar and common tansy. For assistance identifying these weeds and ways to kill them, visit http://www.plants.usda.gov.

Pine Bluffs town council released a letter late last month about bind weed and the control of the noxious weed. The town will begin spraying the weed after Aug. 15, on anyone’s property who have not eradicated the weed or have not called and made arrangements with the town.

Laramie County Weed and Pest are able to help property owners find the right chemicals and treatment for all situations. They can be reached at 307-245-3213 or stop by their office at 801 Muddy Creek Drive here in Pine Bluffs.

 

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