Weeds

Weeds

UK trials show that the machine is effective against

  • Bamboo
  • Californian Thistle
  • Dock
  • Japanese Nut grass
  • Kikuyu
  • Willow saplings

New Zealand trials are being launched in July against some of our toughest weeds in our unique growing conditions.  Trials will include:

  • Agapanthus
  • Bamboo
  • Blackberry
  • Californian Thistle
  • Dock
  • Gorse
  • Heather
  • Ink weed
  • Ivy
  • Kikuyu
  • Oxalis
  • Pampas grass
  • Ragwort
  • Taiwanese cherry
  • Tradescantia
  • Wooly nightshade

Trials will be designed and overseen by Charles Merfield, BHU Future Farming Centre.

See Weedbusters for more info about weeds in NZ

The image below is of the root system of the Californian thistle, no wonder grubbing is ineffective.

AgResearch NZ estimates that Californian thistle caused a national loss in pastoral farm gross revenue in 2011-12 of $685million.  See their article here.

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