How are weeds spread?

Weeds are spread by:

  • wind and water
  • domestic, feral and native animals
  • through weed-infested products such as soil and manure
  • pot plants from markets and fetes
  • purchasing seed from mail order catalogues
  • inappropriate disposal of unwanted plant material, including the disposal of unwanted aquarium plants in drains/waterways and garden waste in bushland
  • people directly on their clothing, camping equipment, vehicles and machinery.

How can you help?

Weed management requires coordination among all levels of government in partnership with industry, land and water managers and the community, regardless of tenure.

  • Check all clothing, animals, vehicles, boats, trailers, caravans, camping gear and other equipment for weeds
    • remove all plant material and seeds and wash or brush down equipment
    • pay special attention to the undercarriage and tyres of vehicles
  • Bag and dispose of garden waste responsibly
  • Ask your nursery for soil and landscaping materials that are free of weed seed
  • Choose nursery plants that are local native species or plants of low weed risk
  • Use the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) Grow Me Instead resources or refer to the Water Corporation's Waterwise Plant Search

For more detailed information on how you can help refer to the Weeds in Australia website.