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Sound Off: This summer, crews from Sunflower Paving were tearing out and replacing curbing along Sixth Street. After they completed their work, tall weeds grew in the bare dirt left behind. Now, it appears that grass seed and straw have been thrown on top, but the weeds remain. Who is responsible for this: the city or Sunflower Paving?

Roger Steinbrock, a marketing supervisor for the city, says that Sunflower Paving is responsible and that they plan to remove all weeds and reseed any bare areas next spring.

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Ken Lassman 1 year, 4 months ago

OK, I'll keep it moving: this summer was a lousy time to try to plant anything, and the fall, normally the best time to plant cool season grasses, was abnormally dry too, which means that any attempts to replant this summer or fall would have failed. Does anyone know what kind of weeds grew up there in the heat of the summer? I'll have to look next time I'm on 6th Street, but I suspect they were things like wild lettuce, giant and western ragweed, and some annual sunflowers, meaning that these seeds are already in every yard in Lawrence as they are native, are pervasive, and play an ecological role in the area much like a scab: they cover the ground up, preventing erosion.

Want to get rid of them? Get some perennials in place and they're gone. No big deal. Buffalo grass is a very low grass that doesn't get very tall and also doesn't need mowing or watering and might be a good alternative, especially if the dry times are here to stay a while. It takes a few years to get established well, and--horrors of horrors--might let in an itinerant weed or two, but those can be dealt with for the truly OCD types.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 4 months ago

Recycled question from October:

http://www2.ljworld.com/qa/sound_off/2012/oct/21/sunflower-weeds-grass/

It is as if the staff at the Journal-World does not even read their own paper.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 4 months ago

Is this a serious question? Note to the person who asked the question: GET A LIFE!!!

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rockchalker52 1 year, 4 months ago

Timing in this world is everything. Since you can't seed it effectively right now, do it again in the spring like the man said. What's the prob unless, as Orwell points out, they don't do it?

And if they use chems on the weeds & use amounts in large enough volume to saturate the street, they're doing it wrong. The stuff breaks down in short order if used as directed.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 4 months ago

The expensive lighted pathway has weeds and brush growing at the lamp bases. The city should change the lights to gro lights and raise pot to sell in Oread.

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thuja 1 year, 4 months ago

'The usual definition of a weed as a 'plant out of place' reflects human bias. Actually, pest plants are out of place only in terms of man's purposes. In nature's scheme, they often serve useful functions, and judging by their success in wide-open competition with other plants, they are anything but out of place.' from 'Weeds' Golden Guide.

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Stacy Napier 1 year, 4 months ago

The bigger question. WHO CARES.

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kernal 1 year, 4 months ago

So, how will they dispose of the weeds? Saturate them with chemicals that will wash into the street, to the river and eventually to join all the other chemicals flowing into the Gulf? I love that they've left them there all this time which gave the weeds time to seed so they can spread.

Tell you what Sunflower Paving, we're supposed to have showers this afternoon. If we do, that will soften up the ground, so get your crew out there to pull the weeks and properly dispose of them.

And people wonder why the coral and other life are dying in the oceans.

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Scoutshonor 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree with Merrill. I can't believe I just said that.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 4 months ago

Grass costs way more to maintain. Natural growth on the other hand is better suited to the climate which is heating up. Natural growth does not require toxic fertilizers and toxic weed killers plus a ton of water. The past few years the state has closed out in a drought.... how can cool season grasses survive?

I say plant the area in taller mostly self sustaining ornamental beautiful grasses that need no weekly mowing and a whole lot less moisture.

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KS 1 year, 4 months ago

And there you have it; right here in River City.

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