No ‘set and forget’ for ALG

No ‘set and forget’ for ALG

The bane of East Gippsland, African lovegrass (ALG), was  discussed in detail last week, how to identify it, control it and get on top of its spread.
Agricultural advisor, Dr Neil Moss, said people first had to know the weed, go looking for it and work with a trusted advisor to get it under control.
“There is a whole strategy that goes beyond the chemical,” he said.
“It’s not a ‘set and forget’ kind of weed where you spray it once and leave it.
“It will repopulate the area that’s been hit once and go on to outcompete other plants.”
He warned if ALG was not effectively managed, it would take over.
“The problem with lovegrass is it loves mismanagement,” he said.
“If it populates half the land, that land then becomes 50 per cent less productive and 50 per cent less valuable in terms of selling price.
“Things become unviable very quickly.”

IMAGE: Almost 60 locals braved freezing conditions last week to learn about tackling the invasive African lovegrass at the Gippsland Research Farm with agronomist and advisor, Dr Neil Moss. (PS)

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