PASCO, Wash. -You may know them as Goatheads
or Puncturevine. The thorns get into car and bike tires, shoes, and the plants spread like crazy.
Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board is organizing the Great American
Tackweed Pull. Volunteers will meet at Chiawana Park July 13, a week from
Saturday, break into groups, and then walk the trails and start yanking.
"The best thing is
persistence in pulling it," says Robin Kusske at the Franklin County Noxious
Weed Control Board. "You can pull one weed a day and get rid of anywhere
from 200 to 5,000 seeds."
Homeowners also fight the Tribulus
terrestris. Kusske says pre-emergent weed killers can help prevent the seeds from
germinating, and grass and other ground covers will eventually squeeze out tackweed.
But she says you've got to be persistent until you've scooped up all those
thorns, which can live up to eight years.
more information about joining the Tackweed Coalition, click here.