As winter winds down and spring draws near, toxic giant hogweed and other noxious weeds are emerging in greenspaces and backyards around King County. The County’s noxious weed program can help residents learn how to identify and control these harmful weeds that pose serious threats to people and the environment.
More daylight and warming temperatures are close at hand, and that means King County greenspaces and backyards will soon start coming alive with vegetation – including unwanted invasive plants and noxious weeds.
When a concerned resident contacted the King County Noxious Weed Program alarmed that she had seen giant hogweed growing in a greenspace by her house in southeast Seattle, she set in motion the County’s noxious weed response plan. First step: A phone call and a site visit from a county noxious weed specialist.
Giant hogweed is a highly invasive Class A noxious weed that grows over 10 feet tall and causes painful burns on skin exposed to its sap. The noxious weed program had found it growing in that area of Seattle in the past, so the new report was likely to be correct.