Why whack the weeds?

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    Can anyone tell me the logic of Caltrans current work on the shoulders along Pacific Coast Highway?

    In addition to their periodic spraying of herbicides, they have recently undertaken some kind of mowing program that completely strips away all vegetation for about six feet up the road bank.

    Perhaps this is a plan to use nature’s rainfall, picking up the now exposed raw dirt, to dilute the runoff from the previously applied chemicals.

    In any event just exactly what is wrong with the vegetation coming down to the edge of the pavement, other than it looks a helluva lot better, which we all know is not allowed — that is, any aesthetic consideration.

    Harry Wolf