Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock

Emerging Weeds – Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock

Grasses are beginning to form their seeds now so it is a great time to learn to distinguish between the different grasses on your property. Grasses of all types present a challenge when it comes to identification. Even if you can’t name the grasses on your property try to become familiar with how the ones that are there look.

Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock will soon ring warning bells because they are ‘different’ from your normal pasture or native grasses and they spread rapidly.

serrated tussock                                Chilean Needle Grass

Serrated Tussock                                              Chilean Needle Grass    

Refer to the Weeds of National Significance Management Guides for both grasses:

Management Guide Chilean needle grass Serrated Tussock

Management Guide Serrated Tussock

These guides provide a great introduction to the weeds and explain clearly why we do not want them to spread into Strathewen. For more detailed information, browse the internet or go straight to DEPI’s web pages:

http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/pests-diseases-and-weeds/weeds/a-z-of-weeds/serrated-tussock

http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/pests-diseases-and-weeds/weeds/a-z-of-weeds/chilean-needle-grass

If you think you may have one of these grasses on your property and want some help with identification or control contact Bronwyn on 0414 882 946