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 - 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:

  • 18th August 2017 - Bull Creek Reserve
  • 18th August 2017 - Quenda Wetland

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.

Reserves - Annual Weed Control Program

The City of Melvillereserves team, with the assistance of authorised 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 to September dependant on weather conditions), the following precautions are taken;

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

Current Spraying:

Spraying of the City’s active and passive reserves has started.  The following reserves will be sprayed from Monday 17 July to Friday 21 July (weather permitting)

  • Len Shearer
  • Troy Park
  • Melville Primary
  • Melville Reserve
  • Melville Recreation Centre
  • Webber Reserve
  • Winnacott Reserve
  • Morris Buzzacott 2

Streetscape  weed spraying will be undertaken on Wednesday 19 July and Thursday 20 July, with a 4am start on both days, weather permitting.

For more information of spraying times and locations for the broadleaf weed control program, please contact the City’s Customer Service Team on 1300 635 845 - 9364 0666.

 

Streetscapes - Annual Weed Control Program

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

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

Current Spraying:

The City’s road reserve weed spraying contractor will be spraying the following locations the week beginning Monday 21 August 2017 weather permitting:

  • Footpaths in Bull Creek, Bateman, Ardross, Alfred Cove, and Applecross.
  • Kerb lines in Myaree and Melville

For more information of spraying times and locations for the road reserve weed control program, please contact the City’s Customer Service Team on 1300 635 845 - 9364 0666.

Specific Herbicide Information

Specific herbicides used 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.
  • Destiny is a selective turf herbicide that offers selective grass and broadleaf weed control. Provides control of hard to kill weeds
  • Javelin/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 streetscapes (kerblines & footpaths etc) and reserves.
  • Fusilade is a selective herbicide that controls perennial and annual grass weeds in  landscaped areas.

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