To a gardener, farmer, or botanist, a weed can mean different things. Broadly, a weed is a plant that is growing outside its natural environment that has some sort of adverse impact.
The majority of weeds are from overseas, but some native Australian plants can also become weeds within Australia. Whatever their origin, they spread when they arrive in an environment that is favourable to their growth. This is often because the weed has left natural pests and diseases behind when it moved 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. Find out the difference between declared weeds, environmental weeds, and why weeds matter.
Many plants classed as environmental weeds have escaped from gardens into the bush. Native plants can become environmental weeds if they are planted outside areas where they naturally occur. Find out which species to avoid, and what to plant instead.
The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Weed Finder can help identify your weeds. Use the weed finder to narrow down the species, then get information about how to manage it.
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.
Find out how to manage weeds around the house, in the garden, and on rural properties. As well as taking action to remove weeds, looking at what contributed to the infestation and treating the causes will help reduce the chance of a weed resurfacing once you have removed it.
Council has implemented several weed control programs to ensure that all Eurobodalla landholders manage locally threatening weeds appropriately and are meeting their biosecurity requirements.