YESTERDAY saw Coffs Harbour City Council begin its annual tall weeds control program on reserves.
The program targets weeds such as Giant Parramatta, Paspalum, Setaria and other aggressive grasses that grow fast and can quickly make reserves look untidy.
If left untreated, these tall weeds prolifically seed and germinate causing an even greater infestation.
The weedkiller used is Roundup Weedmaster Duo which is frog-friendly and applied using a 'wick-wiper' that wipes the chemical onto the leaf and stem of the plant at a height of around 200mm.
Once applied, the weedkiller is absorbed by the weed and moves down through the target plant right through to the roots.
It will take about 19 working days to treat the reserves. Mowing can then take place within 10 days of treatment.
"Ideally we would mow the reserves more frequently but as we don't have the funds or resources available to increase the schedule, wick-wiping is a very effective way of controlling weeds between mows to provide the community with the highest standard of reserves that we can," Council's manager of recreation services, Frank Soltau, said.
"We apologise for any inconvenience, but we hope the community will appreciate the resulting tidier reserves."
The wick-wiping program will take place Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 4.30pm.
As the weed population is very staggered this growing season - due to the spring drought - some follow-up work may be required in the New Year to treat any late-growing tall weeds.