Battle Noxious Weeds With… Drones?

weedsLawn care is an important part of owning a home. You have to take care of every inch of your property, not just the interior. If you ignore your lawn, you’re inviting some nasty problems onto your property that could cause you even more stress down the line.

Case in point: weeds. You should do everything you can to prevent them from overtaking your lawn. You might think you live in an urban area, but if you were to go a year without mowing or weeding, you would have knee high grass, which will attract rats and mice (which will in turn attract snakes). Because of the recent popularity in drone technology, some people are even using these machines to fight the spread of unwanted plants.

According to Cochrane Times, in order to fight a noxious type of weed, Rocky View County is using unmanned aerial aircrafts to save various properties.

These plants might just be eyesores for some, but they can also cause millions of dollars in damage to livestock and crops, and could potentially harm other wildlife in nature.

RVC conducts regular weed inspections on private properties and even has a weed elimination program for public properties. This year, with the help of some new technology, drones are now part of that aggressive plan.

“We can face coulees, steep river banks, dangerous outcroppings, and other hazards that make land inaccessible to weed inspectors,” said Jeff Fleischer, RVC Agricultural Feldman. “These hard-to-reach areas are often where noxious weeds start to take control, so a drone with real-time video and photos is proving invaluable in helping us locate and identity the threat.”

These plants can spread in extremely difficult to reach areas all over. A single square foot of soil, only six inches deep, can contain anywhere from 98 to more than 3,000 weed seeds. Drones can help fight these plants that would otherwise be extremely difficult to access.

“As the old saying goes, nip it in the bud,” Fleischer added. “If we can identify a weed infestation early, it can be very straightforward and cost effective to control or eliminate the problem.”

Although flying drones over your yard might not be a feasible option for everyone, yet, there are still other preventative measures you can take to limit the spread of unwanted plants.

As temperatures cool down and begin to drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, apply preemergence herbicides to control winter annuals and weeds like bluegrass, henbit, and chickweed. Also, it’s recommended to apply another round of postemergence herbicide (use half the amount as before) after three to four times mowing your lawn.

The best prevention, however, is to contact the weed control pros. If you’re in need of the best pest control services and weed control Tuscon, Arizona, can provide, contact Essential Pest Control today!

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