How To Know What Weeds To Pull And What To Leave In The Garden

Check what can stay and what must go before you pull up plants

What Weeds To Pull And What To Leave In The Garden

One of the least favourite but essential chores that must be performed regularly in the garden would have to be weeding.

Because they are often attractive, easy-to-grow plants that thrive, weeds can quickly become invasive and destroy other less rigorous plants if they are left unchecked.

The Australian government has produced a national watchlist of plants that should be avoided in your garden at all costs.

If allowed to take root and spread, they quickly turn the backyard into an unkempt mess.

Manager of the government’s National Weeds Strategy Project John Thorp, says, ‘Weeds are any plants growing out of place, such as on paths, in lawns or in a home garden, that a person wishes to control.’

State of origin
State of origin

Location is key in weed warfare, as species that are classified as a dangerous weed in a particular state or territory may be seen as a welcome garden plant in another.

"Australia is affected in most places by weeds, but they change because we go from the tropics to temperate climates," says John.

"What may be an indoor plant in Tasmania could easily be considered a weed in the tropics.

"You also get subtropical vines which scramble over canopies.

"They’re a problem, especially in the Macleay River area in New South Wales where they really damage the bushland," says John.

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