New plan to control weeds and grass

Dubbo Regional Council’s Director Parks and Landcare Ian McAlister says recent weather has led to Council trialling a new approach to grass maintenance and weed control.

 “The unseasonally wet weather and expected high growth of grass in and around Dubbo has meant council will implement a new system,” Mr McAlister said.

 “We will be using a pre-emergent weed killer to help control broad leaf weeds as well as trialling a growth retardant to help slow the vertical growth of the plants. Another method that has been implemented is the placement of mulch around park trees to suppress the weeds and reduce the amount of whippy work required.”

 “We will also be hiring local lawn mowing contractors to assist Parks and Landcare with the planned mowing.”

 For the months of June, July, August and September 2016, the sum total of rainfall in Dubbo was approximately three times the long term average.

 “With the amount of moisture around and the weather starting to warm up there has already been a significant increase in the rate of growth of grass and weeds – however due to the ground conditions being wet and boggy it is difficult to access many areas,” Mr McAlister added.

 “Council is committed to ensuring all Parks and Landcare assets are maintained to a reasonable standard and we ask for all residents to be patient as we carry out this work.” 


Dubbo Regional Council Director Parks and Landcare Ian McAlister (02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 06 Oct 2016

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