Weeds in Australia

Managing weeds

Ongoing maintenance

An important aspect of the success of any weed control program is the ongoing maintenance, that is the follow up actions that occur after the initial weed control has occurred. The lack of ongoing maintenance can often be the major failure of weed control programs.

Ongoing maintenance requires a long-term commitment but with careful management weed problems will reduce over time. An example of a long term commitment is planting well designed farm forestry and revegetation belts to effectively catch weed seed-heads and prevent them from spreading.

Leaving a disturbed space after the removal of a weed often results in the same or another weed filling the space. For example, it is important to assist natural regeneration or revegetate treated area in natural bushland areas or ensure that appropriate crop or pasture species are planted using correct methods.

Monitor the site for reinfestation and treat the weeds as they appear. Photo points, records and maps of work done will help to determine the success or failure of weed control work.

Select suitable plants for revegetation. The success of bush regeneration programs is increased by using species that are native to the local area. Greening Australia’s FloraBank  website, provides information on species selection for bush regeneration projects.

If you find a weed, report it to the local weed control agency or those managing the area so that infestations can be treated where feasible.