By Jim Bledsoe
Morgan Valley is blessed with native grasses that make it one of the most beautiful places to live anywhere. Unfortunately, noxious weeds such as Dyer’s Woad and Scotch Thistle are invading the county.
Once established, these weeds produce toxins that destroy native vegetation. This threatens to destroy the natural beauty of our hillsides and the value of our crops and grazing lands. One only needs to drive through Weber Canyon to see how Dyer’s Woad has completely taken over much of the hillside.
On the bright side, the majority of Dyer’s Woad is in Mountain Green and very little has spread to Enterprise or Peterson. Efforts such as the Bag O’ Woad program have been a big help in preventing that spread, but there is still much to be done to control the spread entirely.
In order to control this infestation and prevent it from moving to other parts of the valley, we are asking community members to join together for two to three hours Saturday morning. Time is of the essence since the Dyer’s Woad will go to seed in coming weeks. If this occurs, then the infestation will be much larger next year. However, with a united effort we can control the problem now.
Please bring sturdy shoes, gloves, shovels and trash bags. It is recommended that a strong person dig the woad with a shovel and have others pull the plant, getting a root of 2 inches or more. Trash bags need to be sealed to prevent spreading of seeds during transport. Morgan County Public Works will provide dumpsters for disposing of the weeds at the church. All are encouraged to eradicate the weeds in their own neighborhoods. If there are no weeds in your area, then we can give you a weeding assignment.
To make things fun, prizes and treats may be hidden in some fields.
Interested parties should meet at the Mountain Green LDS Chapel between 8 and 8:15 a.m. to get your trash bags and weeding assignments. Please respect private property.
Meet back at the church between 10 and 10:30 a.m. to drop off your weed bags and eat some watermelon.
Special thanks to Mike Waite, Morgan County Public Works, and Ned Mecham of the County Council for supplying trash bags and dumpster.