Monday, July 14, 2014


Last Friday's Waterloo Region Record carrys this story "Toxic giant hogweed spotted in region". This article both describes the weed as well as gives instructions as to the proper and safe way to remove it. Importantly skin and eyes can be harmed by the sap from the weed and thus serious protections including goggles are required when removing the plant. Generally the plant prefers low lying areas such as floodplains and water basins. This year there have been fifteen confirmed sightings of the giant hogweed versus 300 in 2010. The Region of Waterloo will send out inspectors to confirm the presence of giant hogweed if called. Their number is 519 575-4400.

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