Pest not so sweet

Pest not so sweet

Blackberry is an invasive shrub that forms dense thickets along creek lines.

Environment and stainability co-ordinator Toni Burbidge said blackberry was a major weed problem in summer.

“While some people may enjoy eating the fruit, this plant is fast growing and crowds out native vegetation,” she said.

“The plant is unique in that it does the majority of its growing in summer, unlike most other weeds.

“Blackberry is dormant and not actively growing during the remainder of the year.”

Mrs Burbidge said October until April was the perfect time to spray the weed, recognised as a major pest around the country.

“Bringing the weed under control will help stop the spread of it downstream and from clogging our waterways,” she said.

“Birds also spread the weed by eating the fruit and passing the seeds, which can then germinate in different areas.

“Blackberry can be slashed at other times of the year, but it is best to stop it in the growing stage.”