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Pete Williams: That pesky invasive plant, Scotch Broom

It’s not too late to get after that Scotch Broom! Get those loppers out and prevent those “pretty flowers” from turning into seed pods that will broadcast thousands of seeds. Really though, pick the method that you like. It does not matter how you remove the broom — the idea is to interrupt the seed production cycle any way you can.

Many of you participated in the “Scotch Broom Pull” in March, pulling, wrenching or digging them out. That is hard work! With the unseasonable spring rain, the soil is still wet, allowing the smaller ones to be easily be pulled. Lopping the larger ones is easy and effective, especially for this time of year as hot weather approaches. But, won’t they just grow back? Only about 10 percent do and they are weakened and easily removed the next year.

If you cannot tell already, I am kind of a Scotch Broom fanatic. If you want some advice, give me a call at 530-265-2686. Glad to help.



Pete Williams

Nevada City


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