Nature's Gift That Keeps On Giving
Giving work, that is, to those of us who don’t like to see our open spaces taken over by the alien invader, Scotch Broom.
Perhaps it seemed like a good idea at the time when early settlers in the NW brought it over from Europe. Since then it has spread far and wide due to several competitive advantages over native plants: It’s nitrogen fixing and grows rapidly; when ripe, the seed pods burst, forcibly ejecting seed; and the seed can lay dormant in the soil for up to 40 years before sprouting.
Controlling scotch broom is not too difficult but it does require persistence since you’ll find new seedlings every year, especially if old plants have gone to seed in past years. Now is a good time to tackle it since the bright yellow flowers make it easy to spot. Mowing or cutting back to the ground will keep broom from producing seed this year, but it will regrow from the roots next season.
SAVE THE DATE: SRN Summer Gathering
Saturday, August 26 at the Plumper Pumpkin Patch
The Broom in Bloom is Not Perfume