U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 332
Free loaners to fight Scotch broom
With its brilliant yellow flowers and dense, bushy stands along highways, Scotch broom is one of the most recognizable plants in northern California. It is also one of the most threatening to native plants and landscapes.
Below: botanist Jennifer Wheeler, with BLM-California's Arcata Field Office, attacks a Scotch broom infestation with one of the loaner tools:
A field of Scotch broom may look attractive in bloom -- but like other invasive weeds, it crowds out native plants. Seeds are known to survive at least five years in the soil and possibly as long as thirty years. Cutting the plant off at the base will not kill it as is readily resprouts. The entire plant with root system must be pulled manually, before flowering or seedling.
More information: "Agencies will loan tools to defeat Scotch Broom" (BLM-California news release, 2/24/09)
Photos: Jeff Fontana, BLM-California, 5/21/08
|Last updated: 02-25-2009|