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VeldTalk Article: Invader Plants - Dont Surrender!

VeldTalk Article - 6 Nov 2014

Contact: helen.duigan@veldtalk.co.za

Invader plants - don’t surrender!

For years VeldTalk has routinely urged action against Pompom weed, the “Pink peril”.  But this peril is but one of the invaders of concern.  Action is also needed against Verbena, Lantana, Queen of the night, Seringa, Red sesbania, Mexican poppy, and Bugweed.  In the wetlands there are additional problems plants - Giant reed and Yellow flag iris.  

Several of the places treated for Pompom are now carrying more Verbena than Pompom.  Many owners have managed to contain the invaders on their own properties but are hampered by neighbours ignoring the invasion and allowing the weeds to multiply and spread.  
A team trained by the Crocodile River Reserve has done extensive work across the southern grasslands in the past three years. 

On Riverside Estate getting ready for training

“The invasive weeds’ new growth can be effectively treated right now,” says Mercia Komen.  She has this season trained workers from Roodekrans, Vlakfontein, Rietfontein and Riverside Estate preparing them to work on invaders. “If left to seed, you are simply exacerbating your problem.”  Contact her on mkomen@mweb.co.za

 

Second day of training for employees of Roodekrans, Vlakfontein and Rietfontein


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