Weed Management

For information on weeds in the City of Melville and our annual weed spraying program.

Join the War on Weeds!

Environmental weeds are plants are not from the local area and can be highly invasive. Many weeds are introduced from abroad or even from other parts of Australia, escaping from gardens and invading our local urban areas and bushland.

Impacts of Weeds

  • Out compete native plants for water, nutrients, light and space, reducing the ability of native plants to survive alongside
  • Grow and reproduce rapidly due to a lack of natural herbivores and diseases in a new environment (in their native environment these things would control the population naturally)
  • Often weeds are not the right food source for the native animals and insects so affect the food chain and reduce food sources available
  • Can create a high fuel loading due high abundance of weeds, particularly grassy weeds.

Types of Weeds in Melville

A full list of weeds in Melville can be located in our Natural Area Asset Management Plan.

Other useful weed resources

  • War on Weeds brochure: contains information on some of the more harmful weeds to be found in Melville. Hard copies are available from most City of Melville centres.
  • Grow me instead brochure: contains information on weeds and alternatives to them for the gardening and nursery industry
  • Weeds of National Significance list

Weed Management Practices in the City of Melville

The City of Melville uses a number of techniques and strategies to control weeds for practical and effective long term outcomes, usually in combination, these include:

  • Hand weeding
  • Slashing/Brush cutting
  • Herbicide application
  • Injection of tree stumps

Varying levels of weed control are carried out in bushland and foreshore reserves depending on their priority rating in our Natural Area Asset Management Plan. Please see our Weed Control Guidelines for more information.

Bushlands and Reserves- Annual Weed Control Program

The City of Melville Bushland staff, with the assistance of qualified bushland contractors, undertakes herbicide control to manage annual and perennial weeds in the City’s natural area reserves.

  • Appropriate signage will be displayed on vehicles and in strategic locations while works are in progress.
  • Staff and contractors will be using current Best Management Practices to avoid any off-target damage.
  • The inclusion of dyes with herbicides will be used to identify areas that have been treated.

Current Spraying:

  • 26th & 27th June 2017 - Bateman Reserve, Peter Bosci Reserve and Ron Carroll Reserve
  • 27th - 29th June 2017 - Blackwall Reach Reserve

For more information of spraying times and locations for Bushland Weed Control Program, please contact the City's Environmental Maintenance Supervisor, Blair Bloomfield, on 9364 0792.

Parks - Annual Weed Control Program

The City of Melville Parks team, with the assistance of authorized spray contractors, undertakes selective herbicide control to manage broadleaf weeds in the City’s Active and Passive reserves. The City’s road reserves are treated with a non-selective herbicide; this includes kerb lines, footpaths medians, round-abouts and buffer zones.

During the course of our broadleaf weed control program (July – September pending weather conditions);

  • Appropriate signage will be displayed on vehicles and in strategic locations while works are in progress stating the chemical name.
  • Staff and contractors will be using current Best Management Practices to avoid any off-target damage.

Current Spraying: not currently spraying

For more information of spraying times and locations for the broadleaf weed control program, please contact the City’s Reserves East Maintenance Coordinator, David Prier, on 9364 0730.

During the course of our streetscapes weed control program (throughout the year pending weather conditions);

  • Appropriate signage will be displayed on vehicles while works are in progress stating the chemical name.
  • Staff and contractors will be using current Best Management Practices to avoid any off-target damage.

Current Spraying:

Tomorrow morning (21 April 2017) the City will be spraying the following locations:

-     Somerville Boulevard verge (Murdoch Drive to North Lake Road) between footpath and road.

     -       Leach Highway median opposite Woolworths just east of the Stock Road intersection.

At the completion of the above works the current spray programme for Streetscapes has been completed.  A new spray programme will the commenced, towards the end of Autumn depending on seasonal growth and weather conditions.

For more information of spraying times and locations for the road reserve weed control program, please contact the City's Streetscape Supervisor, Craig Sanders, on 9364 0775.

Specific Herbicide Information

Specific herbicides used in the program include: 

  • Targa, a grass specific herbicide, is used to target grass weeds such as Perennial Veldt Grass in bushlands.
  • Round Up® Biactive and Metsulfuron is used to target bulbous and spring growing weeds in bushlands.
  • Spearhead, a broadleaf weed specific herbicide, is used to target grass weeds such as Bindii, Clover, Capeweed in parklands.
  • A glyphosate based herbicide is used to target annual and perennial weeds within the road reserve.

Before applying herbicide treatments, City of Melville has considered the impact of control options on co-occurring native flora including trees, shrubs, geophytes, grasses and other native herbs and on fauna. The methods and chemical concentrations that we employ are considered best practice management.

What can you do to help?

  • Avoid planting weeds in your garden- use native plants instead
  • Adhere to signage placed indicating weed control works
  • Join an Environmental Friends of Group in your local bushland reserves to remove weeds