Serrated Tussock - Management & Control in NSW & ACT

Serrated Tussock

Why you should care?

Serrated tussock costs the community millions of dollars.

For farmers, there are production losses and the cost burden of control activities.

For the general public, there is a loss of amenity and of benefits of biodiversity, and the costs of control activities on public land.

The long term consequences of inadequate action will be severe for the community, and dire for those affected, as they have been for rabbit and prickly pear devastation in the past.

Serrated tussock is a weed with no boundaries. It moves on the wind, under vehicles and machinery, on animals and on clothing.

In a pasture it has no nutritional value; animals grazing on serrated tussock alone can die of malnutrition.

Serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma) is the worst perennial grass weed in Australia.

Serrated tussock impacts on productivity and biodiversity. Serrated tussock devalues land!

 

 

NSW WeedWise smartphone app is now available

 The NSW WeedWise smartphone app is now freely available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store and for Android smartphones on Google play. The app will also scale up for use on most Android tablets.

The app combines weed profiles, legal requirements under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 control including registered herbicide options for over 300 noxious and environmental weeds in NSW. Weeds professionals can share information with clients, and landholders can report priority weeds.

 

Please email questions or feedback about the app to (remove XX) weeds XX @dpi XX .nsw.gov.au

 

NSW WeedWise web pages are now live

The NSW WeedWise web pages are now live at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au or by selecting NSW WeedWise from the menu bar at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/weeds

View weed profiles, legal requirements and control including registered herbicide options for over 300 noxious and environmental weeds in NSW. These pages combine profile information previously published in Primefacts and Weed Alerts; legal requirements under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 previously contained in the Noxious Weeds Database, and herbicide options published in the Noxious & Environmental Weed Control Handbook.

The pages are supported by the Weeds Information Database allowing information to be kept up-to-date as changes arise.

Please email questions or feedback about the web pages to (remove XX) weeds XX @dpi XX .nsw.gov.au

Grants Link

From time to time grants are made available to assist land managers and community groups deal with serrated tussock. Keep an eye out for funding opportunities on the GrantsLINK website.

 

 

In the paddock  ...

Serrated tussock growth habit:

  • Established plants are green in colour with older leaves having fawn coloured tips.

  • Serrated tussock plants may stand out where more palatable species have been grazed.

  • Germinated seedlings continue to grow - don't forget to look for small plants particularly around the base of older plants.

Treatment options (use in combination as part of an integrated weed management plan)

  • Pay attention to the health and growth of your desirable pasture species and maintain ground cover wherever possible.

  • Use conservative stocking rates and do not overgraze.

  • Spray actively growing stress-free plants with glyphosate.

  • Use flupropanate for residual control.

  • Chip or hoe isolated or scattered serrated tussock plants.  Ensure chipped plants are completely removed from the soil.  If seed heads are present make sure you bag and dispose of them to prevent seed spread.

  • There is never a wrong time to control serrated tussock.  Treat your serrated tussock NOW while the plants are easy to identify!

  • Plan and implement - your ongoing control and maintenance program now and seek advice if in doubt.

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