To the editor:
It feels really good to drive down the roads in White River Township and find that most of the Canada thistle I used to see is no longer there. For this I thank our trustee, Mark Messick, and the highway department, who are legally responsible for controlling this noxious weed, and also homeowners who have kept it out of their yards and flower beds.
This is a good time to watch for Canada thistle. It is two or three feet tall and is now blooming with bunches of small purple flowers ready to turn to fluff. If it is in your yard, you must spray it. Pulling it up will not get the six-foot vertical roots and all the branching roots. It spreads very fast. If it is blooming, dispose of the blossoms, because if they fall on the ground, they will continue to develop into seeds and will be spread by the wind.
When we control invasive weeds, we save money for farmers, gardeners and homeowners. If each of us does his part, we can head off future problems. White River Township seems to be on the right track; some of the other townships, not so much. If you see Canada thistle, Johnson grass, or any of the other five plants on the Indiana list of noxious weeds, please report them to your township trustee.
Maybe soon we will be able to replant the wildflower meadow we had to destroy several years ago because of out-of-control Canada thistle. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in the big improvement in White River Township.