Protect our wildflowers and wildlife from noxious weeds. Control the weeds on your property.
Noxious Weeds In Gilpin County
Not all thistles are Noxious! Click here for more information on Native Thistles
Weed killer check-out program for Gilpin County residents to control certain weeds on their property. If you have thistles, knapweeds, oxeye daisy, scentless chamomile, or other noxious weeds, you can check out an herbicide called Milestone, which has a very low use rate, is labeled as practically non-toxic (for people, bees, birds, and aquatics and groundwater), and is not restricted use (no commercial pesticide license required). If you have leafy spurge, hoary cress, perennial pepper weed, or cheat grass, you can check out an herbicide called Plateau, which is also low toxicity. The Extension Office will have the herbicides and a sprayer available for checkout; cost is free due to a grant from the CO Dept. of Agriculture. There will be a $100 fully refundable deposit to ensure prompt return of the sprayer. You will have three days to complete your project.
Principles of Controlling Weeds on your property
Did you know horses can spread weeds when fed hay that contains weed seed? Information on weed-free hay
For those with new construction: newly excavated or bare areas should be revegetated to prevent weeds and erosion. Visit the Mountain gardening website for local information on how to replant your land.