Watch out for invaders

Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group members are urging landholders to keep an eye out for weeds that could potentially threaten agricultural productivity and rural amenity.

Cotton Bush and Apple of Sodom have been declared as toxic and invasive weeds that can restrict movement through the landscape and offer shelter to feral animals such as pigs, foxes and rabbits.

Weed education officer from the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group, Teele Hooper-Worrell said there are various ways to control these weeds.

“We would recommend using a tree popper to assist in the physical removal of mature cotton bush plants and small Apple of Sodom bushes, which can be loaned from the PHBG,” she said.

“Landholders who notice unmanaged infestations of declared weeds can report them anonymously to the PHBG, and the group can then make contact with the property owner and encourage them to start control.”

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Ms Hooper-Worrell said a lot of people were doing the right thing.

For information or to borrow a tree popper, email weeds@phbg.org.

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