Prevention is better than cure!
The most successful and cost effective way to control weeds is to prevent their spread in the first place. We can do this through biosecurity controls, correct disposal of plant material and the plants we chose to plant. This is particularly important when going into native bushland areas or onto agricultural land.
- Avoid or replace invasive plants with ones that belong in your local area and ideally provide food and shelter for native insects and other wildlife.
- Wash down any machinery moving from one site to another, or where it is likely to have driven through, or been used in, weed infested areas. Take particular care of mud on machinery.
- When slashing or grading roads and tracks, move from non infested areas into infested areas. Then wash down machinery before leaving site.
- Clean any mud off shoes, tyres, bicycles, etc to stop the spread of seed.
- Clean all gardening and weeding equipment where you have used it on weeds to prevent transport of seed beyond that area.
- Keep an eye out for germinating weeds in areas used for washing down machinery and equipment.
- Never dump plant material, like garden waste, in or near bushland or onto neighbouring properties.
- Clean any seeds of clothing and animals before you leave a site to stop their spread.
- Never leave a pile of weeds close to the edge of waterways, within a floodzone or in or near a drain. Sudden storms will wash it downstream where it will spread.
- Be careful of any mulch you use, it could contain weed seed or propagules.
- If possible, compost plant material so that the heat of the process “cooks” any seeds so that they are no longer viable. If this is not possible it is better for the weeds to go to landfill.
- Join your local Landcare group and help clean up the public reserves and bushland areas near you.