Weedy Vines and Scramblers
Weeds because: They smother grass, shrubs and small trees. They spread easily and as they dry out they become fuel for hot fires. Many have escaped from gardens into the bush.
Siratro invading and dominating monsoon vine thicket vegetation in the west Kimberley. (Photo: Tim Willing)
Methods for control:
Pull & Burn
Hand-pull and use rakes to get out of trees. Burn piles.
Cut & Spray
Where the vines reach up into the shrubs & trees, cut vines at the bottom with a brushcutter or hand tool and spray the cuts. Pull vines out of the trees.
Slash, Pull & Burn
Where dominant, slash first & leave to dry. Lightly burn to bring up the seed.
Keep the fire cool— Pull as much weed as you can out first.
Don’t Mulch with it
The stems will often re-grow & you will spread it. Don’t dump garden waste!
Carefully spray or pull new plants while they are small. Make sure to get the roots as well.
Don’t Spread Seeds!
Seeds can be spread from muddy car tyres, shoes and car radiators. Prickly seeds can attach to clothes and swags. Check when leaving sites that your not taking weed seeds with you!
Weed information provided by the the Environs Kimberley Community WEED Project. This project is funded by Rangelands WA.
For more information on weeds and weed projects in the Kimberley see: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/weeds.htm