Three activities are planned Saturday for the eighth annual Purge Your Spurge campaign.
The effort to get rid of myrtle spurge, a noxious weed that destroys native plants and contains a poisonous sap, will focus on the foothills below Grandeur Peak, just south of Parleys Canyon, and on Dimple Dell Park.
There are three opportunities Saturday to join the fight against spurge and other noxious weeds:
Community weed pull, 7:30-9:30 a.m., the Parleys access trail to Grandeur Peak, 2900 S. Wasatch Blvd.
Community weed pull, 8-10 a.m., Dimple Dell Park Wrangle Trailhead, 10364 S. 1300 East, Sandy.
Spurge and water-wise plant exchange/sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., REI, 3285 E. 3300 South.
And once again REI will serve as a gathering point for Salt Lake County residents to exchange spurge from their yards for free native plants, said Julie Peck-Dabling, Salt Lake County’s open-space coordinator and organizer of the weeding activities.
"Participants who help clear the mountainsides of myrtle spurge will receive a voucher for five free native plants," she added, along with chances to win ski passes, gardening materials and headlamps.
Sage Fitch, a county noxious-weed specialist, suggested volunteers wear protective eyewear and clothing, including gloves and long sleeves, because myrtle spurge releases a sap harmful to the skin and eyes when it is pulled.
More information about myrtle spurge, a Eurasian native transplanted to North America as a rock garden ornament, is available at www.purgeyourspurge.org.
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