Know what you’re plant­ing this spring

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Spring is here and with it comes the urge to get out into the gar­den and do some tidy­ing up.

As you clear ar­eas of weeds you may want to fill these bare ar­eas with new plants, but where is the safest place to get them from with­out in­tro­duc­ing more weeds?

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil wants to re­mind folks that only gar­den cen­tres, su­per­mar­kets, florists and pet shops are checked an­nu­ally for pest plants listed in the Na­tional Pest Plant Ac­cord (NPPA).

Biose­cu­rity of­fi­cer Ben Win­der says plants such as Mex­i­can daisy, privet, and pam­pas grass are some of the 100 or so plants in­cluded in the NPPA and are all banned from sale, prop­a­ga­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion na­tion­ally.

‘‘These were once de­sir­able gar­den plants but are now looked upon as en­vi­ron­men­tal men­aces. Welling­ton’s land­scape is lit­tered with once de­sir­able gar­den plants that have spread from our gar­dens and are qui­etly smoth­er­ing or push­ing aside our na­tive plants. Dar­win’s bar­berry on the Welling­ton City hills is a prime ex­am­ple.’’

Greater Welling­ton car­ries out in­spec­tions of plant out­lets in the Welling­ton re­gion on be­half of MAF Biose­cu­rity New Zealand. Plants at these out­lets usu­ally have name tags on them, whereas plants at mar­ket stalls and school galas of­ten do not, there­fore it is im­por­tant that you know what you are buy­ing.

If you are think­ing of sell­ing or buy­ing plants an easy way to find out what is on the list is to go to the MAF Biose­cu­rity web­site – biose­cu­rity.govt.nz. This lists all the plants in the NPPA and has pic­tures of them.

A lit­tle bit of re­search in the short term may save you a lot of time re­mov­ing weeds in the long run.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit gw.govt.nz.

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