Serrated tussock has shallow roots so you can dig the entire plant out from the ground using a hoe or mattock. Once removed, shake soil from the roots and leave to dry out. If the plant is in flower or seed, place in a bag, remove and burn. Sow the bare ground with suitable seeds to increase ground cover to compete with the weed.
Manual removal is suitable for scattered or light infestations at any time of year. Follow-up treatments to remove new growth are required.
Pros and cons
Chipping removes serrated tussock without the need for chemicals and requires minor soil disturbance. Chipping can be performed any time and as new growth appears. Manual removal is labour intensive and risks uprooted plants surviving if moist soil is left on roots, so it’s important to remove soil from the roots.
Monitoring and chipping to remove new seedlings.
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