Land managers – such as government agencies, private landholders, developers and community groups – are often tasked with the responsibility of protecting bushland areas against degradation from weeds. Practical Ecology can effectively identify and control weeds, helping increase bushland quality.
Weed control is usually part of a broader plan for managing native vegetation, such as a council’s Property Management Plan or a developer’s requirement to offset the effect of construction. Weed control is legislated under the Catchment and Land Protection Act, whereby landowners, public and private, need to control noxious weeds on their land. Local council bylaws may also require action against specific weeds. Community groups seeking to protect and improve their reserves often initiate weed control. Practical Ecology also increasingly works with environmentally-aware landholders wanting to improve the quality of vegetation on their blocks.
Practical Ecology alters the ecological balance in favour indigenous plants through sensitive weed control, allowing these plants to re-establish and provide habitat for the native animals that rely upon them.
We work closely with clients to establish weed control priorities and techniques. Weed control methods include: controlling invasive shrubs and trees by ‘cut and paint’ or ‘drill and fill’, reducing grassy weeds by selective burning (using handheld ‘weedburners’), sensitive backpack herbicide spraying (avoiding off-target damage and often using broad-leaf or grass specific products) and targeted hand-weeding.
Practical Ecology have the plant identification skills to recognise weed species and the experience to know the best timing and technique to eliminate them. We pride ourselves on working sensitively to restore remnant indigenous vegetation while communicating our progress to clients and the public.
Examples of our Weed Control
Woody Weed Control, Cooee Beach Foreshore, north-west Tasmania
Cradle Coast NRM commissioned Practical Ecology to conduct woody weeds works along the Cooee Beach foreshore. Our understanding of the ecologically sensitive environment with which we were working and depth of plant knowledge meant we were able to control weeds using the most effective methods. Major ongoing rehabilitation and regeneration works have been conducted along the foreshore, including the establishment of a successful fairy penguin conservation program. Fencing has been erected and artificial concrete nesting hutches were constructed to protect birds.
A wide variety of woody weeds including cape ivy, blackberry, cape daisy and mirror-bush were found at the site. Hand-pulling and cut and paste methods were used where possible. Sensitive back-pack spraying was carried out on the larger patches of cape daisy and blackberry.