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Managing weeds in the Gully

With the success of the planting of the northern side of the gully came the increased need for weed control. Once the plantings are established they will shade many of the weeds, which will die out. Until then, weeds have to be manually controlled.

Weeds in the gully include exotic grasses, blackberry and nightshade. These unwanted plants can all grow rapidly and smother the native plantings, therefore they have to be controlled.

Large weeds, such as the blackberry patches, are sprayed by a non-residual herbicide such as glyphosate. The use of glyphosate allows dead plant matter to be planted directly into, and in some situations, it can also act as mulch for the new plants.

The photo below shows two patches of blackberry (brown patches) after spraying on the southern side of the gully.