In accordance with Chapter 317, Code of Iowa, 1997 Scott County is required to annually adopt a weed destruction program. The weed destruction program establishes the dates by which various weeds must be abated. Failure to comply with due notice of an order to abate can result in the County contracting to have the weeds abated and assessing the property owner for the cost plus an administrative fee.
Each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands within Scott County shall cut, burn, or otherwise destroy all noxious weeds, as listed below, each year and in such manner as to prevent said weeds from blooming or coming to maturity and as often as necessary to prevent seed production:
- May 20 to June 5: Leafy spurge, hoary cress, curly dock, smooth dock, poison hemlock, red sorrel, purple loosestrife, and musk thistle
- June 1 to June 15: Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, buckhorn plantain, and wild mustard
- July 1 to July 15: Field bindweed, horsenettle, perennial sowthistle, quackgrass, velvetleaf, puncturevine, cocklebur, bull thistle, tall thistle, wild sunflower, and teasle
- Springtime: Buckthorn (Rhamnus)