Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Weed by Any Other Name Is Still a Weed; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Weed by Any Other Name Is Still a Weed; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

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AUSTRALIA spends millions of dollars each year on controlling or trying to eradicate weeds and quite a few of these weeds originated in gardens. Not that the weed problem is the fault of past gardeners; people just didn't know some plants could become so invasive.

There are a number of definitions for what is a weed but the simplest I've come across is aa weed or invasive plant is a plant growing in the wrong placea.

A plant regarded as weed in one area may not be a weed somewhere else and weeds certainly aren't restricted to plants that have been imported into Australia.

Invasive plants (weeds)

are defined and grouped as follows:

1. Noxious weeds - are those legally declared as noxious plants by the various state or territory governments. The declaration of noxious weeds will vary from state to state and from council area to local council area within a state or territory.

In general, most state legislation will say that declared noxious plants cannot be grown, sold or transported or transposed, and removal is desirable.

2. Weeds of National Significance a are those plants which have been legally declared by the Federal Government, with restrictions on their propagation, trade or sale applying to all states and territories.

3. Environmental weeds a Plants that are or have the potential to impact the natural environment by destroying habitat or overrunning indigenous species and altering local biodiversity. Many of our worst environmental weeds are garden escapees.

4. Agricultural and horticultural weeds a are plants that have a negative effect on crop or animal production. This may be through the infiltration of weed seed in grain crops, burrs in wool production or weeds which make animals sick or cause death. In the horticultural industry, weeds within cut flower crops can harbour pests and diseases, which reduce productivity.

Okay, so now you're convinced that weeds are a problem, what can you do about it? …

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