How do I remove the weeds?
The actions you need to take to remove weeds in your area depend on:
- the weed(s) you are dealing with
- the environmental conditions.
Successful weed control requires consideration of both the characteristics of the plant as well as the context in which it is growing. What may be a successful and acceptable solution in one situation may be ineffective or inappropriate in another. Seek professional advice before undertaking weed control work.
Often an integrated approach that uses a combination of control methods is required to effectively deal with a weed. These methods may include:
- pulling or digging out by hand or by machine
- mulching or establishing competitive vegetation
- grazing, mowing or slashing
- spraying with appropriate herbicides.
When using chemicals:
- take adequate safety precautions, eg wear gloves and sturdy footwear
- always read the instructions on the label
- be particularly careful near lakes and waterways as some chemicals harm aquatic ecosystems.
Some weeds need a variety of methods to successfully remove them and some follow-up work will nearly always be required.
Contact your local DPIWE Regional Weed Management Officers , your council weed management officer or join a local community group to find out more.