Weeds are basically plants that are interfering with how we think our property should look. How a landowner manages their property can influence the number and type of weeds that they have. Over grazing pastures is one of the main reasons that weeds get a start on a property. There are multiple methods landowners can use to manage their weeds, but the first step is to positively identify the weed.
In simple terms a weed is just a plant out of place, however, managing some of these weeds is not a simple task. Noxious weeds are invasive non-native plants whose control is mandated by law. These plants pose a serious threat to native habitats, impact recreation and agriculture. They have displaced 130 native Colorado plants on 553,163 acres* in Colorado (*Colorado Dept of Agriculture).
Biological Weed Management (Insects)
Chemical Weed Management
Colorado Department of Agriculture Pesticides Program
Cultural Weed Management
– A Healthy Stand of Grasses is the Best Weed Suppression
Factsheets on Reseeding & Pasture Management
- Boulder County Noxious Weed Guide Mountain
- Boulder County Noxious Weed Guide Plains
- CSU Extension Factsheets (Scroll down to Weed Factsheets)
- Range and Pasture Weed Management
- Weed Management after Forest Mitigation
- Weed Management for Small Rural Acreages
- Boulder County Nuisance Weed Guide
- Colorado Weed Management Association (good for noxious weeds ID)
- USDA NRCS Plants National Database (good for searches for ID of weeds and native plants)
Local Sources for Weed Management
Mechanical Weed Management
Organic Weed Management
- ATTRA Weed Control Publications
- Cornell Organic Weed Management
- Acetic Acid (“Vinegar”) Herbicides
Household, culinary vinegar is 5% acetic acid. While this concentration can provide some management, most commercial weed management products are 8-25% acetic acid.WHILE PERCEIVED AS LESS TOXIC HERBICIDES, THESE ACETIC ACID PRODUCTS HAVE HUMAN HEALTH HAZARDS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. WEAR APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) – EYE/FACE SHIELD, RESPIRATOR, CHEM GLOVES, CHEM APRON, ETC. Acetic acid concentrations over 11% can cause burns upon skin contact. Eye contact can result in severe burns and permanent corneal injury. The 25% acetic acid concentrations registered through EPA and the states for commercial use all have restricted entry intervals of 48 hours and list personal protection equipment to be used by the applicator.
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Colorado State University
Weed ID Service
You may submit weed samples in our office for identification. Review “Guidelines” and fill out “ID Form”. Call 303-678-6238 with questions.
- Boulder County Weed Management Plan
- Colorado Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Management Plan
- Colorado Noxious Weed Act (Scroll down to Title 35.Agriculture, Pest and Weed Control, Article 5.5 Colorado Noxious Weed Act