I’ve seen tumbleweeds sailing across Highway 24 east of the Springs, and tumbleweed season is just beginning; expect a “bumper crop” of tumbleweeds this year, thanks to all that rain we had in July and August, says Sharon Pattee, a rancher in Fountain and a member of the El Paso County Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission.
Tumbleweeds originate from a variety of weeds; the chief culprits here are Russian thistle and kochia. Both are non-native plants. Russian thistle is from – yep, you guessed it – Russia, and kochia is from Asia.
I’ll have more on tumbleweeds – and why they can be a problem - in an upcoming column.