By Bass Coast Landcare Network

MANY weeds in Bass Coast are hard to control with traditional methods of spraying with herbicides.

In some cases, biological controls have much greater success rates in controlling weed infestations with less impact on the environment.

Recently, Bass Coast Landcare Network has been targeting Wandering Trad with the release of Trad Smut, a biological control that spreads through spores and slowly uses the weed’s energy for its own fungal growth, ultimately infecting and invading the Trad.

Wandering Trad is a perennial weed which creates a thick carpet, smothering native plants and clogging waterways. The leaves cause skin irritation in pets, and it is toxic to livestock.

Previously, Wandering Trad has been managed using herbicide and hand weeding methods, however, it is a notoriously tough weed which has been difficult to get under control.

Infected Trad rhizomes have been transplanted at Pioneer Hill in Kongwak and the Bass River in Bass. We look forward to seeing the results.

If anyone has Wandering Trad and would like some biological control next season, email your site location and contact details to robbie.gray@basscoastlandcare.org.au

Bass Coast Landcare Network would like to thank Bill Incoll for supplying the infected trad.