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Grow plants, not weeds. Douglas County sprouts new online tool to help residents identify and manage invasive weeds.

Posted on May 22, 2024 2024News and Events


Pictured: Leafy spurge, identified as a noxious weed in Douglas County

Spring has sprung and, with it, a crop of pesky weeds. Wait, is it a weed? No, just a flower. Maybe an herb? No, definitely a weed.

Whether you have a green thumb or not, a new online tool will help you identify common invasive weeds, learn best practices for controlling them and connect with resources for information and support in Douglas County.

The user-friendly Invasive Weeds Virtual Environment allows Douglas County homeowners and landowners to view images and characteristics of common invasive weeds that plague Colorado’s urban and rural landscapes each year.

Invasive weeds also threaten Douglas County’s agricultural lands and commodities. These weeds take up resources like water, sunlight and soil nutrients – creating dry fuel for wildfires and taking away from our local crops. When crops don’t have enough of these resources, they can’t grow as well – which means farmers need to use more land to produce the same amount. Many invasive weeds are also poisonous to livestock, making it difficult for ranchers to raise cattle and hazardous for families to keep their horses, alpacas and other animals safe.

To combat the threat of invasive weeds in our communities, local, state and federal governments have implemented strict laws to control their spread. In Colorado, the Noxious Weed Management Act requires people to control, contain and eradicate these invasive weeds on their private property. In public spaces, Douglas County invests hundreds of hours each year into managing invasive weeds in the public right of way.

Douglas County’s new online tool makes it as easy as possible for residents to identify invasive weeds, keep them under control, and find support to help eliminate them. Visit to access the platform.

Residents can also request for a Douglas County staff member to come to their location and help develop an invasive weed control plan. This comprehensive report includes the identification of each weed on their property, control methods available for treatment, herbicide recommendations, optimum spraying times, and achievable goals for infestation control. This program is available to any property owner in unincorporated Douglas County. To schedule a consultation, call 303-660-7480 or submit a request at

Learn more about the Invasive Weeds Management Program on our webpage.

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