We spray weeds in some urban areas to limit the damage they cause on the road and footway surfaces, it also improves the appearance and usability of the highway.
Some local councils may fund additional weed spraying in their area.
To kill the weeds we use systemic spray that once absorbed by a plant gradually kills it, including its roots. The sprays we use are safe to use on the highway with no lasting action.
Essex County Council undertake weed spraying in Basildon, Braintree, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Rochford and Uttlesford districts
Brentwood Borough Council, Epping Forest District Council, Harlow District Council and Tendring District Council have their own weed spraying programmes.
The districts that Essex County Council are responsible for undertake a weed spraying programme three times in the growing season. The first spray usually starts in May but this depends on the weather and weed growth. We can only spray when the weeds are growing and in dry weather conditions. The second and third sprays usually take place in July/August, with the last in September.