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City of Castlegar treating weeds the next few weeks

City will be using organic product on sidewalks, traffic islands and parking lots.

The City of Castlegar will try to tackle some of the weeds around the city over the coming weeks.

Weather permitting, weed control measures will begin this week and continue for about a month.

The city will be using an organic product called Mungers horticultural vinegar (acetic acid).

Expect to see city crews working on traffic islands, sidewalks; and city-owned parking lots.

Since the city is using a natural product, signage will not be posted on treated areas.

For further information, contact the civic works department at 250-365-5979.

RELATED: City of Castlegar cutting back on herbicide use

In April, city council adopted a plan to cut back on herbicide use.

The new policy prohibits the use of herbicides in passive parks, playgrounds and green spaces but still allows the use of herbicides, on an as-needed basis, on sports fields.

CAO Chris Barlow explained that for the last decade the city has been trying out new organics whenever they come on the market.

“We have had some successes with spot treatment, but haven’t found a good broadcast treatment option,” said Barlow when the policy first came into effect.

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