Rain Breeds Weeds

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

If you think there are more weeds around this year, you're right.

It's a problem not only for home owners, but for localities too. Some weeds are so tall, they block road signs or the roads themselves.

In Staunton, neither the Public Works nor the Horticulture department can keep up with weed control. City of Staunton Horticulturist Holly Chichester says she's exhausted.

"Weeds are driving me crazy. Um, there's just no way to catch up. With last year's drought, certain weeds sort of layed dormant or layed in waiting. And they just didn't germinate last year. So we're basically doubling up," she says.

All this season's rain has germinated the dormant weeds. And when the ground is wet, you can't apply pesticide to it.


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