Integrated control of serrated tussock on a native grassland - more than one way to kill a cat!

Frances Overmars, Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group, Melton, Victoria 3337, Australia.


Native grasslands containing varied densities of Nassella trichotoma (serrated tussock) can be managed using a variety of control methods and by monitoring progress. The control methods used in Bushs's Paddock, Melton, have been wick wiping, burning, boom spraying, do nothing, spot spraying, grazing, spray topping, rabbit control, sowing of native grass seed and drowning. These are applied according to the known growth cycles of the native grasses and of serrated tussock. The focus is on integrated weed control methods ensuring that the balance of the competition favours the native grasses.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2005) 20 (1) 17-20.