Pitch In & Pull!

Recent weather has encouraged many weeds to spring through bricks and cracks in Downtown Glens Falls.  

We encourage business owners, building owners, and citizens of Glens Falls to take care of the weeds growing in downtown, as we launch a Pitch In & Pull! campaign for the month of August. Volunteer groups are invited to organize themselves to help pull weeds from alleys, sidewalks, parking lots, and curbs. 

“We are encouraged by the tidiness of the sidewalks lately,” says Dan Burke, Board President of the Glens Falls BID, which is responsible for numerous downtown beautification efforts. “We have noticed fewer cigarette butts and fast food wrappers, which is wonderful. But the weeds this year are more than any one person or the City’s Department of Public Works can handle, and we need everyone to pitch in to take care of our beautiful city. It makes an impact on how visitors see us. It’s a small thing anyone can do to pull a few weeds while you walk, and keep the city looking its best.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: The garden beds are taken care of by Glens Falls DPW, and it’s best to leave weeding those to the experts. Some of them are purposefully planted to address stormwater runoff. But have at it with the sidewalk cracks!

Some weed-pulling tips:

  • It’s easiest to pull a weed after a rainy day
  • Don’t leave the roots behind; grab as far down as possible
  • Use a pair of gardening gloves
  • Try using a garden fork, hoe, trowel, or even an old screwdriver
  • Know your plants
  • Boiling water kills weeds and makes tough ones easier to remove – don’t use in flower beds, though! Best to reserve this method for sidewalk cracks away from vegetation we want to keep
  • A natural weed killer recipe combines vinegar, salt, and liquid dish soap. Check out the recipe below!
  • Dispose of the weeds in the trash receptacles around town

Participants who pull weeds during the month of August are encouraged to share photos on social media, tagging @Downtown Glens Falls on Facebook or @downtown.glens.falls on Instagram and using the hashtags #pitchinandpull and #glensfalls

Vinegar Based Homemade Weed Killer

Vinegar and dish soap is a great weed killer on its own, but when you add salt it makes it difficult for things to regrow in the future. So if you are killing weeds where nothing should be growing (like around a sign or in a pavement crack), go ahead and use the salt. Weeding a flower or garden bed is best done manually without any spray or solution at all, because you don’t want to ruin the soil for other things to grow.

  • 3 Cups White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Dish Soap or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Salt (only if you don’t want to replant there)
  • Mix together in an empty spray bottle

This recipe is best used in full sun on a warm day, and is most effective on young weeds.