Window Open for harrisia control

Milder summer temperatures and good rain across many areas has set the scene for an easier autumn for many landholders. But with these great conditions comes weeds, so Local Land Services staff are encouraging people to keep on top of them whilst they can.

North West Local Land Services Officer Pippa Jones said weeds such as harrisia cactus, which is found in grazing land and vegetated areas north of Moree, has responded well to the rain.

“Harrisia cactus plants have been revived by the rain after a prolonged dry period, so now is a good time to control them through foliar spraying”, Pippa said.

“It is important to spray the plants before it gets too hot or too cold, as extreme heat or extreme cold reduces the ability of the plant to take up the chemical, therefore reducing the effectiveness of the control.”

“Harrisia is often found in shade lines and vegetation across the north of the region, many of which include Brigalow. Brigalow is listed as a Threatened Ecological Community under the federal government and weeds such as harrisia cactus are a major threat to the health of this vegetation community.”

Landholders are encouraged to follow the directions on the label. Control activities must be in accordance with the Pesticides Act 1999 and Pesticide Regulation 2017.

If you have Brigalow vegetation on your property and are interested in controlling weeds in the brigalow woodland, please contact Pippa Jones at North West Local Land Services on 0427 454 795 or pip.jones@lls.nsw.gov.au

This project is supported by North West Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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