Capeweed is currently at ‘rosette’ stage, and now is the time to attack, according to Murrindindi Shire Council.

Council’s Natural Environment and Climate Change portfolio Councillor Rebecca Bowles said whether you are in residential areas, or on farms, Capeweed is a problem to everyone as it grows rapidly in warmer temperatures and out-competes desirable plants such as pasture
grasses or clover or lawn seed.

“Capeweed is spread through soil movement, attached to vehicles and machinery, carried by birds and animals or could be introduced on site through fodder”.

“Flowering and seeding in late winter-spring, each plant can produce up to 4300 seeds which can remain viable in the soil for several years. The best treatment time is generally between April and July, when rosettes form, before it flowers in Spring.

“If it’s in your garden on a residential lot, Capeweed can be hand-pulled, but make sure you remove the fleshy tap root. Alternatively, a small area could be continually mowed at a height that takes out any emerging flowers”, Cr Bowles added.

“For larger areas such as pastures, spot spraying may be appropriate, or you can turn the soil over to compost the weed before it can flower.

“If you are removing the weed whether by poisoning, hand pulling, or mechanically, then some reseeding of the site should be considered as part of your management plan to reduce the opportunity for the weeds to re-establish”, said Cr Bowles.

Cr Bowles said there are also some chemical restrictions within the Goulburn Broken Catchment area and so you should consult an agronomist or rural merchandise store for
the appropriate herbicide for your situation.

“Always make sure you use any chemicals in line with the manufacturer’s labeling,” she added.

For further information, call Council on 5772 0333.

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