WOODY wattles present an increased fire risk and should be removed from residential gardens before they start to flower.
Mundaring Shire fire hazard inspection officer Allan Entwistle urged residents to check their property for the introduced South Australian native Flinders Range Wattles as part of their bushfire preparedness plan.
“Woody weeds such as Eastern States wattles present an increased risk of bushfire hazard, especially when close to buildings, as they burn so readily in fiery conditions,” he said.
“Eastern States wattles also crowd out native plants, making dense, impenetrable thickets, and any fuel load management underneath these weeds is a nearly impossible task.”
Seeds spread easily from winter through to spring and the plant’s pollen is known to aggravate health conditions including hay fever and asthma.
For more information about weed control, visit the Shire website.