Weeds are a problem in Casey and can cause havoc to our indigenous bush landscape. An environmental weed is a plant that flourishes in the local bushland that wouldn't normally be found there. This can include some native and introduced plants.
Weeds can be spread in many ways including:
- vehicle traffic
- pedestrian movement
- dumping of garden waste
- other animals, particularly foxes and birds
Introduced plants with attractive berries, seeds easily dispersed by wind or water and those that grow readily from cutting can become weeds. They can spread through bushland reserves and along creek corridors.
Once established, weeds can stop indigenous plants from growing and thriving. This reduces the habitat of native animals. Weed infestations may also become habitat for pest animals such as rabbits and foxes.
Some weeds are declared as noxious and landholders have obligations to remove them, according to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CALP Act).
To help identify weeds, we have developed a weed identification guide. This is a joint effort with Cardinia Shire Council and the City of Greater Dandenong.
The weed identification guide has:
- coloured pictures of the 90 worst weeds in the Casey region
- how to remove weeds
- how to prevent weeds
Find out more
For more information please contact the City of Casey Environment Department on 9705 5200.