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Got Weeds? Estes Park Weed Roundup Can Help!

The Estes Park Weed Roundup will be held on July 26, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Dump/Recycle Center, 666 Elm Road. From Hwy 34/36 intersection, take Moraine Ave/Hwy 36 for 1.2 miles towards Rocky Mountain National Park, then turn right on Elm Road.

The event is sponsored by ELSA (Estes Land Stewardship Association), Pulling for Colorado, Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Weed experts will be on hand with weed education materials (plus mountain pine beetle information) and will perform free weed identification services. Also, bring in your bags of pulled weeds to the event for free disposal, and the first 100 people to bring in at least one full trash bag of weeds gets a free “Pulling for Colorado” weed t-shirt (kid sizes too!). Prizes will be awarded to those that bring in the most bags of weeds and the biggest weed specimens. There will also be prizes for anyone that can correctly identify all 10 live weed samples on hand. Free food and drink will be provided by local restaurants including Ed’s Cantina, Poppy’s Pizza and Grill, Big Horn Restaurant, and the Other Side Restaurant.

This event will also kick off the establishment of a new, free weed dump site, sponsored by the Town of Estes Park. No bags of non-weed materials will be accepted.

Do you have a weed problem? Or maybe you have weeds in your yard and don’t even know it! Many homeowners don’t realize the problems weeds can cause on their own property. Worried about fire? Cheatgrass aka downy brome (Bromus tectorum) is a weed that occurs throughout the Estes Valley and can increase the fire danger around your home. Growing in dense patches that dry out early in the season, fire can spread quickly through an infestation of cheatgrass and threaten your home. Have horses? Hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana) is a white flowered plant poisonous to horses whether they eat green plants, dried plants, or even hay contaminated with it. Got kids? The white milky sap of leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) can cause skin blisters and/or swelling, and can even cause severe eye injury with significant contact. Concerned about property value? Potential homebuyers (and renters) in Colorado are becoming increasingly savvy about native plants and landscaping, and a yard full of weeds may be more work than they want to deal with.

So, where can you get more information about weeds-as well as dump your weeds for free, get free t-shirts and prizes, and eat free food from local restaurants? We will look forward to your participation at the Estes Park Weed Roundup on July 26 anytime from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Plastic bags will be accepted, but if possible please collect weeds in large paper lawn bags so that weeds can be burned in new aircurtain burner at the dump. Large paper lawn bags are available from Ace Hardware, 561 Lone Pine Dr, 586-8656. Thank you!

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