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Dear Publisher: Weed Abatement Article

Weeds in Hwy 179 Medians – North view – Exclusive SedonaEye.com Photo c2010

Sedona AZ (September 23, 2010) –  In a letter to the Sedona Times newspaper and its SedonaEye.com online news site, a Sedona resident writes the following:

I was pleased to see an article in your publication (September 23 2010 Print Edition) by Brent Maupin regarding the current weed abatement (or spreading) program being used on the new Rte. 179 corridor. Seeing that poor guy out there weed whacking and blowing the mess he created around is an embarrassment.

Anyone who thought that having one person armed with a weed whacker and gas-powered blower to maintain the weeds, let alone keep them from spreading, is seriously unfamiliar with what it takes to properly maintain an area of this magnitude.

As a taxpayer, I have issues with the decision to install all of the new plantings (with an extensive irrigation system to boot!) along this corridor just to see them overrun by weeds.  Seriously, what were they thinking?

And, as I watched the installation of the gravel in the median and along the sidewalk areas, I noticed the installation of a weed barrier liner. Who doesn’t realize that whacking weeds (with their seeds) will only make the problem worse by spreading the seeds that then grow and thrive (thanks to the irrigation system and the hot Sedona summer weather) above the barrier?

So now the expensive rocks are being covered by whacked off weeds making the weed barrier useless!!  Sorry, but someone really blew this one.

As I read on in the article, it was reassuring to see that there is a new plan to provide adequate maintenance to this world-class stretch of highway. I sure hope this happens sooner than later.

Thanks to Brent and the Sedona Times for reporting this issue in your publication.

Dave Sheets
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1 Comment

  1. Lisa, Sedona says:

    I’m a resident of the VOC and we will always appreciate the work of publisher C Bentley Hill to further village issues in greater Sedona. Without her commitment to Sedona we will always be second best when in reality we are the first impression of welcoming Sedona. The credit for this article should be hers alone as she is the deciding voice for a major Independent newspaper here. Thank you, Ms. Bentley Hill. Thank you for being our advocate and our spotlight and giving us a voice in this new decade.

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