We apply treatment for weeds throughout the growing season across York, to control weeds growing on public land, including:

  • kerbs
  • footpaths
  • back lanes

Before reporting a concern relating to weeds or moss, you should check how we deal with the treatment of weeds across the city.

Use our eForm to report a concern with weeds or moss on public land.

Report a problem with weeds or moss

How we treat weeds

Weed killer is delivered using ride-on machinery. We use modern technology and best practice to reduce the amount of chemicals used, using a non-residual, contact weed killer which has no harmful effects on the soil.

Because of the way we treat weeds:

  • only weeds that are growing at the time of treatment will be killed
  • weeds will begin to die 10 or more days after they have been sprayed
  • any weeds that appear after treatment will continue to grow until the next treatment
  • weeds are always visible, but in various states

Subject to weather conditions and the growing season, we aim to treat weeds:

  • 3 times a year
  • between the end of April and mid-September

Each application takes approximately 3 weeks to complete across the city, depending on the weather.

We start to inspect treated areas 2 weeks after the start of the season, and apply further treatments where required.

We'll respond to requests to treat weeds and moss within 4 working days.

We cannot treat weeds on private land. Contact us if you wish to report concerns about overgrown weeds on private property.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551