The wetter seasons are affecting roadside vegetation in the Hughes Creek Catchment . Exotic weeds and grasses have taken advantage of the favorable conditions this spring and the ‘weediness’ of roadsides is alarming . Remnant roadside wildflowers and native grasses are being smothered by thistles , phalaris, St Johns wort , nightshade , stink weed and heaps more bad species. We decided to take action along our section of the Weibye Track . Armed with a simple machette we set off to chop thistle . The plan was to chop the plants and remove them before they went to seed. Three kilometres of roadside yielded quite a load of thistle . Where to dispose of the plants was a dilemma because the seed heads can ripened and disperse after cutting . Their final resting place was under an old futon mattress on our burning heap. I found it quite satisfying slashing their thick juicy stems through with one well-aimed blow , good Sunday morning excercise really !
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