Shelterbelts reduce the movement of serrated tussock seeds across the landscape by catching the seeds. Plant mixed species with a variety of heights and canopy shapes to slow wind speed and catch seed heads.
Windbreaks and shelterbelts are suitable along property and paddock boundaries, ridgelines and creeks. Autumn is generally the best time, as it gives the plant time to establish itself before the next summer. Seek advice on suitable species.
Pros and cons
Shelter belts and windbreaks are long-term control measures that reduce wind and soil erosion, increase biodiversity, reduce wind speeds, and can provide protection for stock and pastures. Some disadvantages include the time it takes for trees to establish and grow to a height that will effectively catch serrated tussock seed heads, reduces available land for pasture, is labour intensive and costly to set up. Controlling serrated tussock growing amongst trees may be difficult.
Control serrated tussock plants within the plantation and manage fence lines.
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