To a gardener, a farmer or a botanist, a weed may mean different things. Broadly, a weed is a plant that is growing outside its natural environment and has some sort of adverse impact.
The majority of weeds are from overseas, however, some native Australian plants can also become weeds within Australia. Whatever their origin, they spread 'like weeds' because they arrive in a growth environment which is favourable, often because they have left their natural pests and diseases behind them moving to a new environment.
You can find information below about biosecurity matter (weeds) and weed control, and how you can help to prevent the spread of weeds in your garden.
You can also access Council's Weed Finder below to help you identify your weeds.
Weed invasion is one of the greatest threats to some types of native vegetation. Weeds can dominate vegetation preventing native plants from regenerating, and even killing them in some cases.
Many of the plants classed as environmental weeds have escaped from gardens into the bush. Native plants can become environmental weeds if they are planted outside the area where they occur naturally.
The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Weed Finder can help you identify your weeds! After observing your weed in detail, all you need to do is click on the relevant characteristics and identify your weed.
The idea of a 'native weed' may seem like a contradiction, but there is really no difference in the impact made by a plant that gets out of a garden and into the bush, whether it comes from overseas or somewhere in Australia.
Weeds thrive on disturbance. As well as taking action to remove weeds, you need to look at what has contributed to the infestation and treat the causes, as well as they symptoms. Removing a weed may simply result in it being replaced by another weed.
Council has implemented several weed control programs to ensure that all Eurobodalla landholders manage locally threatening weeds appropriately and are meeting their biosecurity requirements.