Patersons curse and Lerps autumn pests

Kerstie Lee

AFFECTING GUMS: The Lerp insect affects our River Red Gums resulting in browning and loss of leaves.

WELCOME to the long awaited autumn break.

With the flow of rain from the heavens to our parched paddocks, greenery of all description has arrived.

One of the spring nightmares – Paterson’s curse – arrives with a vengeance at this time of the year when the paddocks are bare.

They form rosettes on the ground which smother grasses and out-compete them.

“If you want to make the greatest impact on this broadleaf weed so spring is not marked with purple hills, now is the time to spray,” says Kerstie Lee, local Landcare facilitator.

Broad-leafed weeds such as Paterson’s curse can be controlled more easily if neighbours can work together by organising a contractor to spray a region at the one time, from now when they are easiest to kill.


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