Thong pops up to stamp out summer weeds

News release
24 November 2017

 Jess Cavallo from Natural Resources AMLR with the giant burr-infested thong

Jess Cavallo from Natural Resources AMLR with the giant burr-infested thong

A giant burr-infested thong is the centrepiece of a pop-up stall coming to local shopping centres over the next two weeks

Recent rains across the district followed by hot weather have produced perfect conditions for the germination of summer burr weeds.

Caltrop, Khaki Weed and Silverleaf Nightshade are among the weeds of concern as they are quick to germinate and set seed, and then spread easily, says Jess Cavallo, district officer with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

“The specific problems these weeds cause for property owners range from reducing crop yields and displacing pasture grasses to causing injury to stock and people,” Mrs Cavallo said.

“Effective control of these and other summer weeds is possible with the right techniques and now is the ideal time to get out and have a look at any known weed infestations.

“If you are concerned about weeds on your property come and talk to the Natural Resources staff at a pop-up thong stall at a shopping centre near you.”

The stalls will be held on:

  • CANCELLED - 30 Nov, Elizabeth shopping centre, 9 am - 12 pm
  • 5 Dec, Angle Vale Foodland, 9 am - 12 pm
  • 5 Dec, Virginia Woolworths, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • 6 Dec, Tanunda Foodland, 9 am - 12 pm
  • 6 Dec, Barossa Co-op shopping centre1 pm - 4 pm

“These stalls are a great and easy way to find out about summer weeds in the area, how and when to manage them and why it is important. We’ll also be talking about future weed management workshops and providing information for people to take home,” Mrs Cavallo said.

The summer weeds project is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the NRM levy and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. 

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges