Or­ganic trial to oust glyphosate spray

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Or­ganic spray her­bi­cide has been tri­alled in Kwoorabup Park at Den­mark as a glyphosate-free op­tion for weed con­trol.

The Shire of Den­mark is also tri­alling a com­mer­cial steamer in weed con­trol for parks, play­grounds and near wa­ter­ways.

Den­mark Weed Ac­tion Group project of­fi­cer Donna Car­man ap­plauded Shire works with tri­als of glyphosate al­ter­na­tives.

Shire of Den­mark chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Parker said com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions and the Shire’s com­mit­ment to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices had led it to in­ves­ti­gate var­i­ous op­tions for weed con­trol.

“We re­ceived feed­back dur­ing our re­view of the Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan to ex­plore al­ter­na­tives to glyphosate,” he said. “We are still very keen to con­tinue our part­ner­ship with the Den­mark Weed Ac­tion Group, how­ever, we need an al­ter­na­tive to con­ven­tional weed killers in ar­eas in­clud­ing parks, play­grounds and near wa­ter­ways where man­ual con­trol is less fea­si­ble.”

The Shire’s Works and Gar­dens team bought 200 litres of the cer­ti­fied or­ganic weed spray to trial around the com­mu­nity park un­til the sup­ply is ex­hausted, af­ter which the Shire will re­view the prod­uct’s ef­fec­tive­ness and make a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing con­tin­u­ing its use.

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