Concord Spraying to Control Weed Growth throughout the City

June 20, 2014 14:00 pm · 28 comments

If you see a large City of Concord truck spraying liquid on the curbs and sidewalks throughout the city, they’re doing it to control weed growth, according to City Officials.

The truck has been spotted off Ayers Rd. and in areas around Concord Blvd. this week, and you can expect to see it in other neighborhoods throughout the city in an effort to keep the weeds away.

Marianne June 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I mean really!? Why! The money should be spent on summer youth programs to keep them busy, not spraying more chemicals into the air.

Silva June 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Oh, great. GAK!

Julio June 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

This goes a LONG way in making a city less blighted. I commend the City of Concord for doing this and I don’t live in Concord. Weeds growing through the sidewalk all over the place makes a city look like West Oakland or parts of Richmond and Antioch.

Kirkwood June 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

@Marianne – The Fire Dept. requires that all weeds and brush in the City be controlled, either by killing or removal. This applies to ALL property, public or private.

KJ June 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

And we wonder where all the butterflies have gone!

There was a beautiful large patch of mallows near me that was just beginning to bloom and attract butterflies when it got sprayed, for no reason I could discern. It became a dried and shriveled up unsightly mess — and no more butterflies.

ChrisK June 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Weed control helps prevent fires… Fires can kill, burn homes down, we all saw what happened in Oakland hills.. And these chemicals are nothing. Nothing compared to the chemicals from the road itself, and autos dripping antifreeze and oils on the roads that wash off the road side and into water way etc. I did weed abetment for a living for 15 years. Never an issue. Never a sick cat even. And this whole water shed, Alhambra valley and even Concords has been sprayed every year for decades, and we have a healthy wild life population, no issues to speak of, and less fires… Plus the fire marshal don’t care if you don’t like the chemicals. Some cases spraying is the best way to control weeds that later dry and catch fire. FROM CARS sometimes. lol.. My question is, it is too late to spray. You have ot spray when it is green or you are wasting your time and money. So exactly what are they spraying. It is already past spray time, and weed eater time now? Wo I wonder what they are spraying. If it is dry grass, aint gonna do anything. Even if it is pre emergent, it aint gonna do anything, and will blow away before the first rain> So I wonder. Hmmmm.. But trust me, weed sprays of today are safe.

CoCo June 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

@Marianne, please volunteer to pull all the weeds to make the programs happen.

Laminin Rocks June 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

What if we are growing organic vegetables in the garden next to where they plan to spray? Who do we call in an effort to ask them not to spray?

Concord Guy June 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

C’mon Marianne. Youth’s parents should have ownership of keeping their children busy in the summer, not government.

Weed abatement, which reduces fire danger, it a perfectly appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

ChrisK June 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

@ Laminin. I think you should go to city hall and file a form about it. Or go to a meeting and speak about it. If these are city workers, they have a job to do. Keep roadsides clear of weeds that could start a fire that could burn homes down. Weed eating would take more city workers. More money. Or, let it be and take your chances I guess. But if they are spraying dry weeds I have no clue why. A complete utter waste of time and money anyway? I am not joking. Does Nothing.. But, unless the wind is blowing onto your garden, you can still call it “Organic” .

Julio June 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

CURBS and SIDEWALKS folks is what they are spraying not some of the stuff you guys are dreaming up. Read and comprehend.

itsme June 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

The city employees physically pull the weeds in the median strips and other places. I don’t see why they can’t do it throughout. Or how about those doing community service or some of those jailed? We don’t need anymore pesticides or herbicides. We are asked not to use them as they make their way into waterways why are they allowed to do it?

Elwood June 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

To paraphrase Will Rogers: “The good Lord must have loved stupid people, ’cause he made so many of them.”

Landana June 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

If the weeds grow it makes the area look like a dump and brings down value if you two foot weeds along the sidewalks and in front of everyones houses. They pull the weeds in the median strip because they can’t spray the landscaping. To have the city pull all the weeds by hand would take a ton of money, not just because of how much space, but without spraying it would need to be done often. If you don’t what the city to use pesticides you have three options.
1. Have your city taxes go way up to pay for the extra people they would have to hire, to de-weed the city.
2. Get the community to volunteer and pull all the weeds.
3. Let the weeds grow and just deal with more fires and a dumpy looking city.
Just going to add a 4.
4. come up with an effective organic pesticide that would fit into the budget.

anon June 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

How about renting some goats?

Atticus Thraxx June 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

They can have my weeds when they pry them from my….wait, are these black, unmarked weed spraying trucks? TinFoiler how come your not all over this?

Subterfuge June 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Weed growth? How much money did they waste on this?

Blink June 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

@ KJ
We have a yard full of butterflies…but then we plant to attract them

Glad the city does such maintenance, kills to the roots which pulling doesn’t always do… the city out pull weeds in your own yards…show you care

MEe June 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

If the weeds are in the cracks of sidewalks, gutters, may explain they may still be green. So I stand corrected. But still can pose a fire hazard later when dry, also eye sore.. But you have to spray to kill the roots. Hope they are using a mix of killer and pre emergent, then next year no weeds will come back, or very few. Still, don’t worry, the sprays of today is so safe you can drink it. Roundup was made to spray where livestock may eat grass sprayed and not be harmed.

Veronica June 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I can see spraying for the Lice, Ticks and Fleas. UGH!

slagheap June 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

hey, chrisK: they’re using round-up, & it is NOT safe. they spray hundreds of gallons of the stuff around my landana area & along the CC canal, right next to the water, which is where it should never go.

Pan June 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I’m not taking the bait, anti-poison, tree hugging fascist that I am, but Mr. Mayor, what’s the point of this story? How is this news? Isn’t this the same activity that virtually every public agency in America has been doing for the past half century? How about a story on how a City of Concord truck is driving around making squiggly lines with tar on the road to fill the cracks in the asphalt?

@ChrisK June 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM

You sound like you might work for Monsanto. How in your right mind can you claim that weed killing sprays are safe? WOW…go back to your evil corporation and drink some of your product if it’s that safe. That’s how hundreds of thousands of farmers in India who use BT cotton (Monsanto GMO genetically modified cotton which makes the field workers sick and yields horrible results) commit suicide…they drink the weed killers in the field because after switching to evil Monsanto seeds (which are genetically altered to resist tons of chemical spray) they go bankrupt and shame their families…do some research and STOP SPREADING LIES

ConcordMike June 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

we take care of any weeds curbside in front of our house.
One gallon vinegar, one table spoon dawn dish soap and some Epsom Salt mixed in a bottle. Spray in the morning and by dinner the weeds are gone.

nytemuvr June 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It’s the same chemicals that are in the contrails from jets……Government mind control…..time to get the tinfoil hat out.

Cowellian June 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Roundup works just fine for me.

V June 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

@concordMike. White vinager, right? Does it matter which dawn dish soap? How much Epsom salt? Please advise, thank you

Scott June 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM

who says it couldnt be a new form of a potentially hazardous herbicide the government is testing here in concord? 🙂

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