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Spring weeds to watch this season

News release
07 September 2020

As native plants come alive with colour in Spring across the Limestone Coast, so too do pest plants.

Limestone Coast Landscape Board Landscape Officer Michelle Sargent highlighted the need to keep on top of spring weeds.

“There are a number of pest plants that thrive during this season,” Michelle said.

“We’re talking to local landholders about what weeds to look out for, and how to control them, for the benefit of their land, productivity and the landscape.”

Pest plant infestations can reduce carrying capacity on farms, as well as cause harm to stock. Across the landscape, weeds outcompete native vegetation, harbour pest animals and reduce native biodiversity.

“Spring weeds we’re focussing on this season include cape tulip, false caper, salvation Jane, variegated thistle, and boneseed,” Michelle said.

“It’s also a good time to plan control for summer seeding weeds such as blackberry, wild rose, burr weeds, African lovegrass and Silver-leaf nightshade.”

Integrated control options are available for a range of weeds, and can be found on the SA Weed Control app.

“The SA Weed Control app is really handy,” Michelle said.

“Our team of Landscape Officers across the region is also available for more information or advice.”

Find your local Landscape Officer via the link below or call the Mount Gambier office on 87351177 or Keith office 8755 1620.

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