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Riding With Scissors

Well, bypass pruning shears, anyway …

Although NYSDOT did cut back the Japanese Knotweed along Rt 376 north of Maloney Rd, perhaps because they were repaving that section, the overgrowth south of Red Oaks Mill continues unabated:

Rt 376 - SB at Walker - Overgrowth - 2017-07-09

Rt 376 – SB at Walker – Overgrowth – 2017-07-09

I’ve been carrying shears to deal with the most egregious offenses, because some sport inch-long thorns:

Rt 376 - SB at Walker - Thorns - 2017-07-09

Rt 376 – SB at Walker – Thorns – 2017-07-09

Unlike the NYSDOT Wappingers (a.k.a. Dutchess South) Residency , their Poughkeepsie (a.k.a. Dutchess North) Residency has no compunction about defoliation around road signs:

Rt 376 - SB marker 1117 - Sign defoliation - 2017-07-15

Rt 376 – SB marker 1117 – Sign defoliation – 2017-07-15

And guide rails:

Rt 376 - NB marker 1124 - Rail defoliation - 2017-07-15

Rt 376 – NB marker 1124 – Rail defoliation – 2017-07-15

So, obviously, different strokes for different Residencies.

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  1. #1 by Olli on 2017-07-24 - 08:48

    “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”, whose grand idea was it to import these?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_mantegazzianum

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-07-24 - 09:11

      Evidently, the folks who liked it so much also weren’t allergic to it. [sigh]

      As the article says, “It is a federally listed noxious weed.” Mary, being a Master Gardener, knows who to call when she IDs one, whereupon a properly equipped defoliation team brings the angelfire: one does not simply pull a Giant Hogweed out of the ground.

      Nasty stuff, indeed!