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We apply a non-residual, contact weed killer (which has no harmful effects on the soil) throughout the growing season across York, to control weeds growing on:

  • kerbs
  • footpaths
  • back lanes

When we treat weeds

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.

How we treat weeds

Weed killer is delivered using ride-on machinery, with modern technology and best practice, to reduce the amount of chemicals we need to use.

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

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

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551