Weed control in establishing native tree species

I.B. Tomkins, Senior Research Associate, The University of Melbourne, School of Forestry, Creswick, Victoria 3363, Australia.


Weed control in plantations is crucial during the first two growing seasons. Competition from weeds for water, nutrients and light can lead to high early mortality and slow growth of surviving trees. Good weed control leads to fast early growth, and trees more rapidly dominate the site, and shade out weeds. Grasses are very competitive along with deep rooted broadleaved weeds, and woody weeds such as blackberry and bracken.

This review paper discusses various approaches to achieve good weed control, in particular different methods of site preparation, and some aspects of chemical weed control.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2003) 18 (2) 80-82.