On Saturday, a workshop will be offered on managing weeds without chemicals. The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project and Women's Voices for the Earth are sponsoring the event.

The workshop will offer demonstrations on using insects to control weeds, the impact of weeds on Mount Sentinel's native plants, the benefits of using native plants in landscaping and chemical-free lawn care. It will end with a Dandelion Cocktail Hour where dandelion coffee, wine and salad will be served.

Rick Stern, MUD executive director, said weeds are problems on both public and private land. Weeds harm both rangeland and wildlife habitat by crowding out native plants that are eaten by wildlife. Weeds are a pesky problem in people's own back yards.

"If people are going to have a lawn they don't want to have weeds," Stern said.

Weeds can be reduced by letting grass grow longer between cuttings and watering deeply to promote a healthier lawn and better root growth, Stern said. Bryony Schwan, program director of Women's Voices for the Earth, said the workshop was prompted in part by the controversy over the recent passage of a weed management plan for Mount Jumbo. Two weeks ago, the Missoula City Council approved limited herbicide use to control weeds there.

Schwan said the workshop is being held to advise people on alternative methods of weed control, such as gardening with native plants, which require less pesticides and fertilizer.

The event is free to the public and donations are accepted.

Schedule:

Biological Controls: 10 a.m. Room 203 McGill Hall, University of Montana

Weeds on Mount Sentinel:11 a.m. meet at Mount Sentinel "M" trail head

Native Plant Landscaping: 2 p.m. MUD demonstration site, 629 Phillips

Non-toxic Lawn Care: 3:30 p.m. MUD demonstration site

Dandelion Cocktail Hour: 4:30 p.m. MUD demonstration site

Wednesday - 6/2/99

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