The City Parks and Recreation Department's maintenance staff will continue to monitor and address park areas that have been infested with dandelions as a result of 2012 drought conditions.
Because of the dry conditions, grass has died or is sparse in some park areas, allowing weeds like dandelions to thrive.
Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Shorney said weed control herbicide is typically applied in the fall rather than spring to reduce the potential for damaging landscape growth and garden areas on neighboring properties. Herbicide applications were ineffective last fall due to dry conditions. Weeds must be actively growing to allow herbicide to be effective.
Shorney said staff will work to control dandelions either chemically or manually where possible. He said the best way to reestablish the turf areas is to over-seed grass on non-irrigated parkland in late summer and apply herbicides in the early fall if weather conditions are suitable.
"Parks and Recreation staff appreciate the patience and understanding of community residents as park areas recover over the next few years from the extreme drought conditions," said Shorney.
More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.