Be careful when disposing of those weeds, says Waikato Regional Council.
While it is time to get into the garden and clear away weeds it’s also a time when those unwanted weeds can end up being dumped in inappropriate places.
“We appeal to Waikato people to make sure they do the right thing when they’re dumping weeds cleared away in spring,” says council biosecurity team leader Wendy Mead.
“In particular we remind people not to dump weeds on roadsides or lay-bys, reserve areas, gullies or dune areas.
“It’s illegal, risks the spread of weeds and damage to natural areas, as well as creating a problem for other people to deal with.”
There are plenty of approved garden waste facilities or refuse transfer stations where weeds can be safely taken.
“Many weeds can also be safely composted at home. Regional council pest plant officers can help with advice on this and other forms of weed disposal.”
New Zealand had a long history of pest plants becoming established in natural areas after being dumped by roadsides and in lay-bys, reserves, gullies and dune areas.
“Every year we see garden waste dumped in the wrong place. For example, we’ve already seen garden waste being dumped in Hamilton gullies and near roadsides in Raglan this spring.”
For advice on weed disposal, call 0800 800 401. Also, visit Weedbusters NZ.