The City of Kamloops is targeting invasive plants and harmful weeds at the source of the yards they call home.
Municipal staff plan to deliver noxious weed alerts in the form of door hangers placed on the doors of residential properties where problem plants have been identified.
Residents who receive these advisories are asked to monitor the identified plant(s) and begin managing them as soon as possible.
To help prevent the spread of invasive plants, the city recommends researching non-native species and avoid planting them, refraining from dumping garden waste or hanging baskets into natural areas and to be wary of wildflower mixes as they can contain invasive plants.
Noxious weeds and invasive plants can cause skin irritation, kill native trees, out-compete crops and native plants and be costly to control.
Identified noxious weeds that are having a negative impact in Kamloops include Japanese knotweed, yellow flag iris, hoary alyssum, Dalmatian toadflax, leafy spurge, sulphur cinquefoil, orange hawkweed, hoary cress, common tansy, oxeye daisy and knapweed.
Many invasive plants have a beautiful appearance, were initially introduced as ornamentals and are still intentionally planted.
Residents can learn about the proper handling of invasive plants online here.