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About Weeds

Common Weeds of Lane Cove


Printed copies of the Garden Escapes in Bushland and Reserves booklet are also available at Council's Civic Centre foyer.


Removal of Trad and Madeira Vine

Weed Removal Techniques

You can reduce the spread of weeds into bushland areas by:
  • Removing identified weeds from your garden and replacing them with non-invasive species.
  • Not dumping garden waste in bushland.
  • Composting garden clippings on-site or placing them in Councils green-waste bins for collection.

You can access below information sheets, provided by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service which describes simple weed removal techniques:

Control of small, hand-pullable plants

This fact sheet outlines methods for removal of small soft weeds (eg. Fleabane, Crofton Weed, small grasses) and seedlings of any weeds (eg. Privet, Lantana and Moth Vine).

Control of Vines and Scramblers

This fact sheet outlines methods for removal of vines (eg. Balloon Vine, Morning Glory, Honeysuckle, Cape Ivy, Jasmine, Madeira Vine and Blackberry).

Control of weeds with underground reproductive stems

This fact sheet outlines methods for removing weeds with tap roots (eg. Catsear, Dandelion), rhizomes (eg. Asparagus Fern, Ginger plant), bulbs and corms (eg. Oxalis, Onion Weed, Watsonia, Freesias, Montbretia) and tubers (eg. Madeira Vine, Turkey Rhubarb).

Control of Woody Weeds

This fact sheet outlines methods for removal of woody weeds (eg. Lantana, Bitou Bush, Cotoneaster, Privet, Camphor Laurel, Mickey Mouse Bush (Ochna) and Senna).


Use of Herbicides

Some of weed control techniques involves the use of herbicides as a control mechanism. You must always follow the safety precautions when using herbicides as they are poisons, and should be handled with the great care.

  • Read label before opening the container and follow the instructions closely.

  • Wear protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, eye protection) as it can be absorbed very easily through the skin, by breathing the vapours, and by ingestion.

  • Keep children and pets away (when not in use secure in a locked in cabinet).

  • Use a respirator when mixing or pouring the liquid.

  • Wash hands and equipment afterwards. Do not eat, drink or smoke during this time.

  • Clean up any spills, including on your skin, with large amounts of water, or by shovelling up contaminated soil and disposing of it at the tip.

You may also like to attend Bushcare Workshops run by Lane Cove Council for residents. These workshops will cover weed identification, removal techniques and herbicide application.

Council's Backyard Habitat Program is a free service for residents to assist in the creation of wildlife friendly gardens. Weed identification and removal advice is also provided as part of this program.