Environmental weeds are a major threat to our natural environment. They have the ability to change and destroy habitats and ecosystems, outcompeting indigenous plants for light, nutrients and water. This leaves our wildlife without food and habitat, leading to the decline or our native animals.
Council Rangers work within our reserves and with the local community to remove pest plants such as Sweet Pittosporum, Blackberry, Boneseed, Cotoneaster and Agapanthus from invading our bushland reserves.
Many pest plants are spread from garden escapees. Seeds are spread from our gardens by birds and animals or by people dumping garden cuttings into our bush and waterways.
What can you do to help
Choose appropriate plants for your garden
It is important to choose plants carefully for your garden. Our Sustainable Gardening in Frankston and Local Plants Guide will help you to identify weed species in your garden and provides some great alternative indigenous plant species for your garden. Remember to group plants in your garden together according to their sun/shade, water and fertilizer needs. Not only will this attract native wildlife to your garden and save you money, it will also reduce your water use!
Remove invasive weeds from your garden
Weeds are natural invaders of our bush. Remove any invasive weed species from your gardens and replace them with plants that are native to the area. Cut off the seed heads of any garden escapees and put them in the bin.
Dispose of your garden prunings and lawn clippings responsibly
Dumping garden waste in natural reserves causes serious environmental damage, smothering native plants and spreading weeds. Mulch your garden clippings or take them to the Waste Transfer Station.
Further information is available in this Council's Be a good bushland neighbour brochure.
Under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (Vic) all land owners and occupiers are responsible for managing noxious weeds on their property.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has the primary responsibility for administering this Act and has a Noxious Weed List on their website.
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
30 Davey Street
Frankston VIC 3199
P. 1300 322 322
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