CHEMICAL WEED CONTROL IN THE HIGHWAY: AN ENGINEER'S ASSESSMENT

The author describes the justification for chemical weed control on economic and ecological grounds, suggests the circumstances when it should be applied and describes how it can be undertaken safely and most efficiently giving examples from his experience in Fife. The significance of the Weeds Act 1960 is examined. The present policy of limited grass-cutting on rural roads has reduced the justification for the use of chemicals. Because of the importance of keeping footpaths and French drains clear of vegetation, carefully chosen chemicals have been used. The criteria used to determine the types of chemical used are detailed. Three different types of spraying implements are described: a tractor mounted 160 gallon pressure tank with three take offs, 10 gallon "barrow" sprayer and four gallon "knapsack" sprayers. The author estimates that the cost of spraying footpaths is far less than that of the corresponding mechanical maintenance.

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Oldfield, P J
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Pagination: p. 9-10
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM