Plea to stop weed invader


A horrible weed is invading our district and local Ele Duncan makes the plea for more people to look out for it and eradicate it before it spreads further.

Yellow Bristle Grass is invading Tamahere
Yellow Bristle Grass is invading Tamahere

It’s Yellow Bristle Grass and is a prolific seeder, says Ele.

“It spreads rapidly along the roadsides, in particular, as roadside mowing spreads the seeds as do birds. The expressway through Tamahere is thick with it and it’s spreading around other roads fast.

“It can be easily controlled on the roadside but once it gets into pasture it’s very expensive to control.”

Once established, yellow bristle grass is a prolific seeder and becomes dominant in a paddock within a few years. Seeds can stay in the ground for up to ten years.

It’s also an issue in animal health as there is evidence that seed heads can cause lesions and ulcers in the mouths of grazing animals.

It’s easily sprayed with Roundup/Glyphosate on the roadside – ideally before the seeds form. Once it’s in paddocks spraying becomes expensive.

It can be pulled out by hand before the seeds drop.

“If you see it, please help our community control it and either spray it or pull it out and dispose of it so that the seeds don’t spread,” Ele says.

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