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May 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Biscuit: the scotch broom commando

Last week I wrote about Scotch Broom, those loathsome if lovely invasive plants glowing yellow as they peak in full bloom all over roadsides, vacant lots, and clearcuts all over Puget Sound Country and beyond right about now.

Scotch broom is full bloom all of Puget Sound Country right now. It's a tough invader that takes over just about any open, disturbed ground.  Photo by Steve Ringman, the Seattle Times

Scotch broom is in full bloom all of Puget Sound Country right now. It’s a tough invader that takes over just about any open, disturbed ground.
Photo by Steve Ringman, the Seattle Times

While land owners and volunteers are busily pulling, spraying, chopping down, and otherwise doing battle with this stuff to keep it from completely taking over, reader Mary Totten dropped me an email to let me know there is more than one way to manage the wiley Scotch broom. Enter Biscuit.

Her dog had a penchant for tug of war.

Biscuit, left, in action in the back yard. Photo courtesy of Mary Totten.

Biscuit, right, in action in the back yard. Photo courtesy of Mary Totten.

And that came in mighty handy when it came to battling Scotch broom, which he loved to pull on … until it came right out of the ground. But Biscuit’s joy in the task wasn’t just tug of war play. A true companion, he knew Mary’s love of yard work, and wanted to join in.

“He taught himself to be of help,” Mary wrote in an email,  “and only when I indicated which ones to pull out, by kicking the stump.”

Biscuit has since gone on to his great reward. But not before defending Washington’s landscape from the ever-encroaching Scotch broom. Go, Biscuit.

Biscuit, the Scotch broom commando.  Photo courtesy of Mary Totten

Biscuit, the Scotch broom commando.
Photo courtesy of Mary Totten

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