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Vail targets noxious weeds

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado -The town of Vail is taking on noxious weeds along the town’s roadways, and in its parks and open space areas.

Spraying will take place July Tuesday through Friday and will target oxeye daisy, thistles and scentless chamomile. An earlier round of herbicide application took place June 9 through 11. The town sprays three times each summer to target specific plants based on how they grow.

Signs will be placed at neighborhood entrances 24 to 48 hours in advance of treatment. People and pets should not walk into treated areas until they have dried, which typically takes approximately 30 minutes. Those wishing personal notification of the herbicide applications can call 970-479-2337 or e-mail

Also, the town continues to offer free on-site consultations to help Vail property owners and residents identify noxious weeds growing on their property. Vail Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie says the weeds spread quickly and can harm native plant species. They damage wildlife habitats, reduce recreational opportunities and can lower property values.

In an effort to rid Vail of such weeds, Barrie says consultations help property owners distinguish between noxious weeds and native plants, as well as offer advice for removing weeds either by hand-pulling, mowing or use of herbicides. Additionally, removal of noxious weeds is required by law per the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and the town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance, which require all property owners, both public and private, to remove listed plants from their property.

To be considered a noxious weed, a plant must be non-native and listed on the Colorado Noxious Weed List. The list can be found online at

To schedule a noxious weed consultation by appointment, contact Barrie at 970-479-2158 or A list of Vail’s most common noxious weeds and more information can be found at

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