Controlling Weeds

The good news...  

Only the most degraded environments lose all their native plants. 

Even a lone wattle can support insects, birds, fungi and even mammals. I

n places that appear to be a waste of privet and lantana a few native trees and stunted seedlings of native plants may be waiting for you to rescue them.

 If you remove the weeds, the natives are able to take on new vigour and sow their seeds in vacant spaces. Then the birds and the butterflies will come back. It's well worth the effort to control weeds! 

Not so good...  

Plants introduced from other continents are rarely food for native wildlife. Native insects don't usually feed on introduced plants. As a result, the plants grow out of control and become environmental weeds.

If the weeds take over, wildlife disappears in proportion. The 50 or so local butterflies and more than a hundred native birds must have native plants to feed on or the native insects that themselves require those plants.  

See our before and after weeding photos.

Some of the weeds that we control are:

privet(s) & camphor laurel (introduced from China)

tradescantia (from S. America)

non-native grasses (from the Americas, Europe & Africa)

blackberry (from Europe)

Brazilian fireweed (from S. America)

lantana (from S. America)

thistles (from Europe)

If you need to identify a weed, try this useful site

Obnoxious Weeds

There is a small pervasive plant
Identified by Tradescant
(the botanist to Charles the First)
Which now has gone from BAD to WORST.

There is another, somewhat bigger,
Which grows with equal speed and vigour.
Lantana comes up by the millions,
So "Thanks for nothing, you Brazilians".

The Privet, most reviled of weeds,
Has devious ways of spreading seeds
Which never fail to germinate
And grow at an astounding rate.

The Camphor Laurel seems to be 
A harmless and attractive tree.
But don't be fooled by this disguise:
Just cut it down, if you are wise.

Blackberries, having taken root,
Beguile us with their luscious fruit.
Then very soon their thorny cane
Can only be removed with pain.

The Fleabane, Fireweed and Thistle
May seem to be "Not worth the whistle"
But they, along with Farmer's Friend,
Will all make compost in the end!
By poet-in-residence, Ian Playford