Watch out, weeds! The Town of Hinton is implementing two programs to help tackle invasive, noxious species taking over our greenspaces.
This summer, Parks crews and contractors will be performing some weed spraying on greenspaces to prepare for the spreading of wildflower seeds and grass seeds, in a practice called overseeding. The wildflowers and new grass will create competition in the soil and should help reduce the weed population, including the stubborn Russian and Canadian thistle.
“The weeds in our town have become a major issue and by utilizing wildflower and overseeding programs we hope to rehabilitate boulevards, thicken any spotty grassy areas and in turn choke out weeds by introducing new seed to established areas,” said Jesse Meding, Parks Lead Hand for the Town of Hinton.
Wildflowers seeds will be scattered in areas including by Barrow Safety, by the Northern Rockies Museum, and the Natural Resources Interpretive Park. This will beautify the areas with native perennial wildflowers, assist our bee and hummingbird populations with additional pollen, and reduce invasive weeds by adding a strong competition in the growth conditions and soil.
Areas that will be overseeded with grass include Gordon Moore Memorial Park sports fields and the cemetery.
Currently, thistle and other invasive weeds are cut down and hauled away from Town greenspaces, but this is a time and resource consuming process. By using the overseeding, wildflower spreading, and weed spraying methods, those resources will be utilized elsewhere.
Over the next few weeks, watch for crews weed spraying greenspaces in Hinton. There will be signage in affected areas, but please take caution.
For further information on the wildflower and overseeding programs, contact Arena & Parks Supervisor Chad Oshanyk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-865-6027.