Australian bushland is invaded with the spread of exotic plant species.
The capacity for the bushland to support wildife is degraded by the newcomers which outcompete the native plants for soil nutrients and moisture.
The Australian government and community groups are removing these weeds from bushland. Martins Environmental Services assists this action by providing large scale herbicide weed control, manual weed control and revegetation.
Weeds must be removed from bushland in a sensitive approach in order not to spread weeds, destroy the native plants or wildlife and pollute the soils and water. Ineffective weed control will also waste time and resources. Martins Environmental Services uses the latest information on weed control on leading agencies to offer advice on best techique to remove weeds. These techniques may be hand removal, seed deadheading, brushcutting, stump cut and paint, or herbicide spraying. Martins Environmental Services also provides weed control at the appropriate growth stage of the weed to maximise effectiveness of control.
Martins Environmental Services offers quality assurance that weeds are controlled in an environmentally sound manner by using only staff with demonstrated commitment to bushland restoration. Staff have formal qualifications on bushland management or onsite experience with bushcare groups. Native vegetation is left untouched and the soil undisturbed.
General weed control in bushland reserves.
A selection of weed Species Targeted
- Love grass (Eragrostis curvula)
- Veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina)
- Acacia Longifolia,
- Acacia iteaphylla,
- Acacia baileyana,
- Acacia podalyriifolia
- Tagasaste (Chamaecytisus palmensis)
- Rose natal grass (Melinis repens)
- Tea tree (Leptospermum lavigatum)
- Wild oats (Avena fatua)
- Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)
- Nightshade (Solanum sp.)
- Tangier pea (Lathyrus tingitanus)
- Blue Periwinkle (Vinca major)
- Primrose jasmine (Jasminium mesnyi)
- Wonga Wonga Vine (Pandorea pandorana)
- Vetch (Vicia hirsute)
- Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum L)
The Company Manager undertakes site visits with the client to discuss priority weeds and areas to be controlled within the bushland Reserve. Sensitive areas with few weeds are spot sprayed using a backpack to minimize disturbance. Reserves with higher concentrations of weeds are sprayed using the twin electric hand lines.
Weed mapping can be done if Aerial maps are provided.
In some areas where the growing season for particular weeds is finished the weeds are deadheaded.
Firebreaks and areas with no native vegetation are sprayed using the quad bike and hand line.
a) Herbicide application
The Herbicide selection, timing of application and rate of application is determined by the weed species present and using reference to;
- Bushland Weeds by Kate Brown, Urban Bushland Council
- Western Weeds, Agriculture WA
- South Western Weeds, Agriculture WA.
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