Weed Pulls

Come and get your hands dirty with us! 

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White Sweetclover  Weed Pull

Sweetclover is a biennial or occasionally an annual plant in the pea family that can grow 2 m tall but is usually less than 1 m. It rapidly colonizes gravelly well-drained soils such as roadsides, waste areas and river banks and bars.  Hand removal if sweetclover shows great success if repeated over several years.

What can you do?

  • Pull or cut plants before or when they flower (middle of July is good timing).
  • First-year plants may re-grow and can be cut again. 
  • It is not the best to cut the plant if the seeds are mature (dry), because chances of spreading the seeds are high. This worsens the problem over time.
  • Pulling or cutting will have to be repeated over a number of years to deplete the seed bank.

Disposal:

  • Plants which have not yet developed seeds can be pulled and left on the ground. Where they will shrivel up and die.
  • If plants have developed seeds (green or brown), cut the flower heads and put them in a garbage bag. They can be burned or brought to the landfill where the bag should be buried as fast as possible.

Contact YISC, if you like to organize a weed-pull in your neighbourhood!

A summary of actrivities 2020:

Due to covid-19 outreach activities this summer were challenged! But, YISC hosted 12 events engaging 68 community volunteers that worked for close to 150 hours removing more than 80 bags of invasive weeds. Thanks to the crew of the City of Whitehorse for picking up the bags!

A summary of activities in 2019:

We had close to 100 volunteers involved in weed-pulling events. More than 200 hours were spent pulling weeds. YISC removed 3 truck loads and 59 garbage bags filled with mostly sweet-clover. Thanks to the crew of the City of Whitehorse for picking up those piles!