Purge you spurge and native plant sale
& Annual Plant Sale

Community Weed Pull

Spurge Trade

Waterwise Plant Sale

Saturday May 3, 2014 9am - 2pm
REI, 3285 E. 3300 S. SLC UT.

Got myrtle spurge?

Get rid of it!

This nasty non-native weed has invaded our foothills and canyons.  Purge spurge from your garden, or join us for a community weed pull to make an even bigger dent in the invasion. 

Bag up your spurge, bring it down to the Salt Lake REI, and get free plants.  Need more plants?  Don't forget to stock up and support a good cause by purchasing  from our waterwise plant sale!  We'll have a great selection of low cost perennials and grasses again this year.

2014 UPDATE:  Participate in a Purge your Spurge community weed pull, and receive a voucher good for 5 free native plants and 2 raffle tickets. Enter to win awesome prizes from our donors.

This years donations are from:  Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, REI, Black Diamond Equipment, Ace Hardware, Christy Sports, Einsteins Bagels and Beans and Brews.


Raffle Rules:  Raffle tickets will be randomly drawn at 2 pm on Saturday May 3, 2014 by coordinators of the Purge Your Spurge event.  Winners will be contacted by phone following the drawing.  If the winner of the selected raffle ticket can not be contacted by the end of Monday May 5, 2014, a new raffle ticket will be drawn. 


Raffle Prizes (to be awarded in no particular order):

1. Ace Hardware planting pot with tools
2. Ace Hardware planting pot with tools
3. REI Flash Pack and Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
4. REI Flash Pack and Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
5. Two All-Day Alta Adult Ski Passes
6. Two All-Day Alta Adult Ski Passes
7. Christy Sports rental gift certificate
8. One night lodging and two summer activity passes at Snowbird Resort

Questions?  Contact Salt Lake County Operations 385-468-6101

 Native Plant/ Spurge Trade Rate:

Anything less than one 30-gallon bag full of spurge = 1 free native plant

One 30-gallon bag = 3 native plants

Anything more than one 30-gallon bag = 5 native plants


5 or more 30-gallon bags = 10 free native plants & 1 raffle ticket

Volunteer in a community weed pull = 5 free native plants & 2 raffle tickets 

Spurge Trade:

    To participate in the event, dig up your myrtle spurge, trying to get as much of the root as possible.

    Bring your spurge to REI, where volunteers will be on hand to take your spurge and provide you with a voucher good for free native plants of your choice.

    Guidelines and key points
    of the spurge trade:

    • CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN!!!  Spurge has white sap that can cause severe skin irritation.
    • Wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves and eye protection.
    • Remove at least 4” of the rooted clump.
    • Removing all of the infestation, versus a single plant, if possible is strongly encouraged.
    • Collect plants in plastic bags for disposal as garbage. Never compost.
    • Participants must sign in and record their name, address, email, and number of hours spent removing myrtle spurge before receiving free plants.
    •  Participants will receive free native plants of their choice, in exchange for myrtle spurge plants.
    • Be a Purge All-Star!  Bring in 5 30-gallon garbage bags and receive 10 free native plants and a raffle ticket.