MOWING AND USE OF HERBICIDES

The answers are provided by State highway departments to a series of questions concerning how they are resolving the problem of roadside maintenance in the face of substantially lower budgets and mounting pressure from ecologists. The questions relate to the reduction in mowing, herbicides and growth retardents, maintenance during the period of establishment woodchips for mulch, and the relative importance of roadside development and maintenance in the highway program. The use of sickle-bar mowers in Virginia, the use of small branches and twigs to conserve water and prevent weeds in California, and the use of wood chippers to mulch plants along highways are among some aspects noted here. It is also noted that use of herbicides in Texas is very limited; Florida has reduced the area mowed but not the frequency; and Vermont has taken complete responsibility for all roadside plants.

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  • Accession Number: 00096272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM