Sound Off

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.


KS 5 years, 5 months ago

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

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 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.

parrothead8 5 years, 5 months ago

If safety was really our top priority, we wouldn't drive so much.

Owen Foust 5 years, 5 months ago

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

kernal 5 years, 5 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.

Orwell 5 years, 5 months ago

I do. The weed seeds will have spread to other people's properties by the time the paving company finishes their job. I'm guessing they've already been paid, so it's not exactly their top priority. The neighbors get the shaft.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 5 months ago

I love your Glass Gem Corn! Have you been growing it?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 5 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.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 5 months ago

You first. Learn to show some respect.If you don't like the topic, keep it moving.

Ken Lassman 5 years, 5 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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