Weed control

How we deal with weeds on roads and pavements.

We control weeds using environmentally friendly and effective herbicides. When the herbicide is applied to a weed, usually by spraying, it works its way through the plant killing it completely, turning the weed yellow/brown over a period of around two weeks. On contact with soil the herbicide breaks down into a harmless substance.

The herbicides used in West Sussex have a very low toxicity to humans, animals and insects and are approved and certified for use in public spaces. Our contractor takes great care when spraying to ensure that the impact on other areas is kept at an absolute minimum.

At present there are no alternative cost effective treatments to manage weeds on such a significant scale. However, we are monitoring this situation closely, with a view to considering any future advances in technology or new herbicides.

We are happy for members of the community to remove weed growth on pavements where it is safe to do so. Please do not try to kill or remove noxious weeds yourself as this can be a serious health risk.

Please let us know if you spot:

  • significant areas of weeds in urban areas that are causing a hazard such as large cracks or very uneven areas of pavement
  • noxious weeds. 

Report noxious weeds or problems on roads and pavements

Last updated:
14 July 2021
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