Thursday 23rd August 2012

The War against Weeds

With the changeable weather of this summer making sileaging and haymaking an “on and off” type event we’ve been using the downtime to clear some of the more invasive weed infestations at Mornacott.

Ragwort seems to be an ever present problem but each year the “crop” is getting smaller thankfully. The biggest task this year has been to clear the huge infestation of Himalyan Balsam on the river banks before the seed pods burst. Himalayan Balsam, whilst attractive to look at, is very invasive and quickly spreads to smother all types of native plant often causing heavy erosion of river banks. Thankfully, as we post this piece, the last plant has been pulled!....until next year! 

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