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Scotch Broom Resources and How-to

HOW TO CLEAR SCOTCH BROOM:

  • Small seedlings- with green stems that are thinner than a finger - should be pulled from the ground by hand or with a weed wrench, a special tool designed specifically for scotch broom removal. Small seedlings that are cut or mown tend to regrow with vigor as multi-stemmed shrubs.
  • Woody stemmed shrubs- woody stems that are thicker than a finger- should be cut within 2 inches of the ground with a lopper, saw or blade-whacker. 80% of larger shrubs won’t regrow. Summer drought will discourage its regrowth Pulling larger/older shrubs will disturb the seeds in the soil initiating new seedlings 

WHEN TO CONTROL SCOTCH BROOM:

  • Winter is the best time to pull when the soil is wet and soft, and also a good time to cut those big shrubs.
  • Spring is the best time to SEE the plants- cut and pull with abandon before the seeds set!
  • Summer is a good time to cut broom when dry conditions discourage regrowth. Be careful not to spread seeds. Make a pile on the site, chip/shred on site, or take to Bainbridge Disposal in a covered load.
  • Fall is a great time to monitor cleared areas and pull and cut again.

IF YOU NEED HELP CLEARING SCOTCH BROOM:

  • Let's Pull Together is always able to lend out weed wrenches to private property owners.  Email to set up a time to pick one up.
  • A cost-share program is available to property owners with large infestations adjacent to critical habitat areas.  Let's Pull Together will pay a portion of a contractor's fee to clear and replant after property owner signs agreement to maintain the site every year.  Email to see an example cost-share agreement.

Broom is a ubiquitous challenge to our local ecosystem but the more healthy our land, the better its defense against new infestations. A little attention repeated twice a year can go a long way in protecting Bainbridge Island from the scotch broom invasion.