Watch For Mowers!

Missouri Department of Transportation Crews Will Soon Be Out Mowing Roadsides Across The State. Karen Johnson has a reminder.

Major and minor routes are mowed in three cycles usually starting in mid-May, mid-July and mid-September. Along with mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt vegetation growth, control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. Wildflowers and careful herbicide usage add additional benefits in that they reduce the amount of time spent mowing fence-to-fence.MoDOT mows about 400,000 acres of grass each year, which is equivalent to 300,000 football fields.On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective “follow” truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers. I’m Karen Johnson