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John Daker


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Joined: Apr 2015
Post: #1
25-06-2015 01:13 PM

Have Lewisham given up trying control weed growth in pavements, around street trees and even in gutters? It leads to many roads looking tatty and uncared for.

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Londondrz


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Joined: Apr 2006
Post: #2
25-06-2015 02:06 PM

I would say yes. Let's put it this way, I have been asking the council to empty a blocked gullet on my street for 2 years. Every time it rains heavily the street floods and water enters two properties causing flooding. So far nothing.

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Sherwood


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Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #3
25-06-2015 03:24 PM

They used to spray weedkiller about every 6 months.

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John Daker


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Post: #4
25-06-2015 03:26 PM

Then it is long overdue.

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rshdunlop


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Joined: Jun 2008
Post: #5
25-06-2015 04:19 PM

I agree it can look shabby. It's been going on since austerity measures hit local authority budgets. BUT not spraying allows all the wild flowers to seed as well - there are lots of poppies and other wild flowers around the lamp posts especially. All the weeds and wild flowers die off by September / October any, and add to the ecology of the area. Spraying does exactly the opposite, and add toxins to our environment. I've trained myself to stop thinking of it as 'shabby' and think of it as 'bee-friendly'.

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blushingsnail


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Joined: Dec 2005
Post: #6
26-06-2015 01:48 PM

I guess 'pretty' weeds are OK. There are some oriental poppies growing along the pavement on my road. I hadn't thought of them as weeds - in fact I've been wondering when's the best time to harvest the seed heads Wink. If they were dandelions, however, I'd be out there with my own weedkiller. Perhaps some guerrilla weedkilling is required?

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rshdunlop


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Post: #7
26-06-2015 02:01 PM

Harvest the poppy seed heads when they rattle.

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Erekose


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Joined: May 2010
Post: #8
26-06-2015 07:02 PM

Sadly grass is wind pollinated and its mostly grass in our road.

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Tinkerbell


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Joined: Dec 2007
Post: #9
28-06-2015 06:04 PM

I think Lewisham have gone green on this (either that, or minimum wage was sadly cheaper than purchasing weedkiller) - last week, I spotted a chap from the council attacking the sidewalk weeds with a rather flimsy looking plastic shovel. The poor man was at it forever in the warm weather and still didn't get much done - not surprising as he had been given totally inadequate tools for the job.

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