Trimming Time and Money

Keeping roadsides clear of tall vegetation sounds simple, but each growing season, roadside managers know better. Excess costs, increased liability and added safety risks accompany the workers when they mow, but allowing roadsides to overgrow can pose a danger to drivers as well. Working to better balance vegetation control, program costs and worker safety, some states are considering integrated vegetation management (IVM) programs that include mowing and herbicide applications. State departments of transportation are using herbicides to suppress the growth of plant seedheads, and stunting vegetation height without negatively affecting turf appearance. Applied before seedhead development or after mowing, a seedhead suppression program uses a low rate of herbicide to reduce the growth rate of desirable roadside vegetation including bahiagrasses, tall fescue and bermudagrass. Suppressing seedheads can help lower roadside maintenance costs and improve worker and road user safety.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 58-61
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  • Accession Number: 01003595
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2005 4:38PM