Look out for weeds this spring!

Spring on the North Coast is a beautiful time of the year when the weather starts to warm up and plants resume growth. This makes it the perfect time to look out for new and emerging weeds.

With the longer days and warmer temperatures weeds will be popping up and flowering. The floods will have spread weed seed and fragments into new areas, and the ongoing wet conditions have made it extremely difficult to carry out any weed control activities. As a result, it is likely you will see new weeds that haven’t occurred on or near your property before.

Identification is the important first step - your Local Council employs a Weed officer who is qualified to assist with weed ID and advice on control options. On the North Coast this includes;

  • Rous County Council who are the control authority on behalf of Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed Councils.
  • Clarence Valley,
  • Coffs Harbour,
  • Bellingen,
  • Kempsey,
  • Nambucca and
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils.

Remember your weed officers are there to help when you need advice on identifying and controlling new weeds on your property. Weed officers can also assist with advice on sourcing biological control agents when available.

The NSW DPI WeedWise website and app includes a large number of priority weeds for the North Coast as well as best practice control techniques, including chemical, manual and biological control options where applicable. The app includes a collection of offline images that help with plant identification when you are in the paddock with no phone service.

If you are interested in learning more about biological control options, click here to request a copy of “Biological Control of Weeds; A practioner’s guide for south-east Australia” from the NSW DPI.

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