April 22, 2019
Helena – Lewis and Clark County officials remind people that weed season is here and Montana law requires property owners to control noxious weeds on private property.
Although not a comprehensive list, several noxious weeds of concern for 2019 after last year’s floods are Whitetop, Hoary Alyssum, Houndstounge, Spotted Knapweed, Leafy Spurge and Canadian Thistles. A full list of Montana noxious weeds can be found here: bit.ly/2Ow8M7J
“Flooding can transport weed seeds large distances and disperse them widely,” said Lewis and Clark County Weed District Coordinator Christian Lehnert. “Property owners should be thinking about weeds before they even start to grow.”
Not all weeds are controlled with basic weed killers and not all herbicides are the same. Make sure to read herbicide labels for rates of application and to ensure it will control your targeted weed. The timing of application is also important.
According to Lehnert, “Weed control can be confusing and frustrating. The County has many great resources available and can help property owners do property assessments and develop weed management plans.”
The County Weed District has a wide variety of printed resources available at its office, including plant identification booklets and brochures, herbicide information and more. Also available is a list of weed control contractors and the District rents spray applicators as well. More information is available on the Weed District website: www.lccountymt.gov/weed-district.html
In addition to the County Weed District, the MSU Extension Office and Montana Department of Agriculture can help property owners with weed questions.
“We encourage people to get ahold of us so we can help them properly manage their weeds and become better stewards of the land,” adds Lehnert.