Prevent weed growth by spreading straw, wood chips, plastic sheeting, cardboard or carpet over the ground. For best results, remove or spray the weed and add a 10cm layer of mulch to smother its growth. Plant seedlings or tube stock into the mulch to compete with the weed and regularly monitor for any regrowth. Maintain the depth of mulch as it will decompose.
Mulching is a good option for light or isolated infestations in urban areas, organic farms and small areas of high-density infestations in areas where revegetation is required, as well as light infestations in difficult terrain such as rocky, steep or treed country and fence lines.
Pros and cons
Chemicals are not needed for mulching. Other benefits include minimal soil disturbance and erosion control. Mulching is not practical for large-scale infestations and can be expensive and labour intensive. Organic mulches may cause collar rot around established trees.
Spot spray or remove any serrated tussock that establish in the mulch.
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