Treatment of weeds

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Use our eForm to report a problem with weeds, grass or vegetation.

report a vegetation problem

We apply a non-residual, contact weed killer throughout the growing season across York, to control weeds growing on:

  • kerb lines
  • footpaths
  • back lanes

It takes us approximately 3 weeks to complete the treatment of weeds across the city, depending on the weather.

The weed killer is delivered using ride-on machinery, which uses 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 back 10 or more days after they have been sprayed
  • any weeds that germinate after the spray has passed will continue to grow until the next treatment

Weeds are therefore 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.

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