Bass Coast,
12
September
2014
|
05:18
Australia/Melbourne

Council Works To Eradicate Creepers

Bass Coast Shire Council’s annual program to tackle pesky, invasive weeds will take place this month.

Concentrating on badly affected areas in Cape Paterson, Inverloch and on Phillip Island, the program will attempt to reduce two problem weeds; the Bridal Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) and Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus).

Council’s Acting Planning and Environment Director, Jodi Kennedy, said the Bridal Creeper is a Weed of National Significance.

“It is one of the worst weeds within Bass Coast reserves due to its invasive nature and potential to smother the indigenous vegetation,” Ms Kennedy said.

“Both Bridal Creeper and Asparagus Fern are climbing perennial weeds, so the timing of their control is crucial.

“They entered the country as a garden plant and have spread by underground roots, and by seed along the east coast of Australia.“As they both have thick matt like root systems, it takes ongoing weed control each year to control.”

These weeds can be controlled in your garden in different ways depending on the infestation.

  • Small infestations and seedlings can be dug out, making sure to remove the entire root mass
  • Larger infestations can be sprayed with herbicide

Weeds cannot be disposed of as green waste, but can be disposed with general waste at Transfer Stations.Bridal Creeper and Asparagus Fern are two of the many weeds Council work to control each year.

If you would like more information on problem weeds in Bass Coast, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/weeds  and download the brochure, or contact Council’s Natural Resource Officer, David Martin, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email d.martin@basscoast.vic.gov.au.