Green Your Feet: Don't Let Pests Hitch a Ride
Tip # 3: Ward off invasives.
Compared to your friends’ Saturday-night debauchery, a weekend hiking trip may seem like innocent fun. But your feet could be guilty of their own sinfulness: Invasive plants love to hitch rides on shoes. To avoid carrying nonnative plants from the city to the country — or vice versa — make sure your shoes are clean as new before heading out or going home. Use soap (biodegradable brands include Dr. Bronner's and Nikwax) and dry with a towel. You can also carry a boot brush and wear gaiters to protect your socks. Be especially vigilant about caked mud, which can be packed with seeds and spores.
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