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Weed or native plant: The Spur-winged Wattle is one of our local species, only found in a few locations.
Weed or native plant: The Spur-winged Wattle is one of our local species, only found in a few locations.

After a dry winter and the rain that we have had over the past couple of weeks, we are likely to see the emergence of weeds. Do you know how to find out more about weeds in our area?

We are fortunate that now we have a plethora of information available to help identify and manage weeds. These resources can be found in books and online. The Council of Australian Weed Societies Inc have a list of reference books, including reference books on weeds in specific areas of Australia, poisonous weeds (including Pretty But Poisonous).

Most landholders would know that the Department of Primary Industries releases their Weed Control for Cropping and Pastures in Central West NSW. The DPI also have Naxious and Environmental Weed Control Handbook.

Both of these books contain information on weed management, legal responsibilities associated with pesticide use, reducing herbicide spray drift, cleaning and withholding periods.

The DPI have some useful information on their website including Weeds of National Significance (WONS), National Environmental Alert List weeds, water weeds and native plants considered weeds.

The DPI also have NSW WeedWise App that provides key information to help users reduce the impact of noxious and environmental weeds in New South Wales (NSW). This app profiles over 300 weeds.

What to do if you can’t identify the weed that is making your life difficult? Bring your weed into Council or the Local Land Services, in an appropriate bag or container.