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Posted on: 3 September, 2020

Spring, time to tackle grassy weeds

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Serrated Tussock and African Lovegrass are the most common grassy weeds found on the Monaro. Grassy weeds invade many hectares of productive farmland.

African Lovegrass and Serrated Tussock are now creeping into our towns, villages and recreation areas. Learn to identify and control these priority weeds and you can play a part in protecting our pristine environment.

Prevention
The best control strategy is to keep these weeds off your property. If you find new weeds, you should destroy them before they set seed to prevent further infestation. Contaminated machinery can introduce weed seeds during construction earthworks, landscaping activities or lawn mowing. If you suspect that serrated tussock or African Lovegrass is growing on your property but are not sure, you can call Council and one of our Biosecurity Officers will arrange to visit and assist you with plant id. Council Officers can also advise you on the best time and methods of control.

Control
If you only have a few plants these can be manually chipped out taking care to collect and bag any seed heads before disturbing the soil. Weed matter can then be disposed of at Council’s landfill sites in the designated weeds bins.

Herbicide application is the best way to control larger infestations. Details of the available chemical options are on the NSW WeedWise website https://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au

You can also download the free WeedWise app to your smartphone for use in the field.
Always follow the directions on the herbicide label. If you do not know how to read and apply the chemical label instructions, refer to this handy guide on the APVMA website. https://apvma.gov.au/node/67431

If you would like to participate in one of our free Weed Identification and Management Workshops this spring, please register your interest by:
Email: council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au attention Biosecurity Extension Officer
Phone: 1300 345 345

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