LET’S GET RID OF THESE #NUTLETS!
THE GOATHEAD MONSTER
Goatheads, also known as Tribulus terrestris or puncture vine, are an invasive specie that can produce up to 5,000 horned nutlets on single plant. It is believed goatheads were originally brought to America on the wooly backs of sheep, and have wreaked havoc on our bicycle tires, puppy paws and natural environment ever since. By outcompeting native plants, goatheads create dense monocultures and reduce native plant diversity. The nutlets germinate quickly and can lie dormant in the soil for many years.
Gertrude the Goathead Monster is the mother of all goatheads and her nutlets are officially out of control!
Starting on June 1st, we are challenging the community to pull, bag, and eliminate 8000lbs (4 tons) of invasive Goatheads! Each year the bicycle community is plagued by flat tires caused by an invasive species know as Tribulus Terrestris/Puncture vine/Goatheads. Nearly 50% of the bicycles BBP donates to kids have flats tires within the first 3 months! It is time the community come together and systematically get rid of the Gertrude’s nutlets once and for all!
The Boise Bicycle Project is partnering with the City of Boise, Ada County Weed Control, Boise State University and our Bicycle Nonprofits to identify areas of high impact (both in the spreading of the noxious weed, and destruction of bicycle tires) while activating and incentivizing the community to start pulling! While we encourage pulling in these targets areas (see the map below) we’re also encouraging neighborhoods to identify there own high impact areas to pull from.
Goathead Pulling: From June 1st - July 31st we are encouraging everyone in the Treasure Valley to pull as many Goathead plants as possible! Bags can be weighed and dropped off at North End Organic Nursery during any of their open hours.
Awards and Celebration: Pick up your awards and prizes at Boise Goathead Fest on August 2nd and 3rd. Winners announced at 3pm on August 3rd at the Main Stage.
PRIZES / AWARDS
Prizes awarded/redeemed during Boise Goathead Fest on August 2 and 3rd.
30 lbs = 1 beer or ice cream token
60 lbs = 1 beer or ice cream token
90 lbs = 1 beer or ice cream token
100lbs = 1 Authentic BGF “100lbs Club” Collector’s Prize
Most Picked Individual = Trophy, Secret Prize
Most Picked Team = Pizza Party!
Most Picked Neighborhood = City sponsored neighborhood BBQ and cleanup event, + BBP kids mobile fix-it party (free bike repair event for kids in the neighborhood)
GOATHEAD DROP OFF & HIGH IMPACT TARGET LOCATIONS
Drop off North End Organic Nursery (3777 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714)
COLLECTING GOATHEADS PROPERLY
Heavy duty trash bag (here's a favorite)
Carpet square (optional, but very helpful)
Hori Hori tool for really hard ground (optional, but very helpful, available at North End Organic Nursery)
Pull from the center and remove the entire plan and its taproot. If the taproot breaks off, that's ok. If ground is extremely hard, use something similar to the Hori Hori tool to cut the plant off at the taproot. Be careful not to let any of the goatheads shake loose and fall to the ground.
Carefully put the entire plant and its attached nutlets into the garbage bag
Check the ground for loose goatheads. Sweeping or patting the ground with a carpet square is a good way to pick up any rogue goatheads
Check your shoes and bike tires to make sure you're not spreading goatheads to a new location
Seal/tie the bag and make sure it doesn't break open during transportation
Repeat till the bag/s are full and drop them off at the North End Organic Nursery, 3777 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714, Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm
*Do not bring goatheads to the park on Aug 2-3