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What are weeds?

Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place. This wrong place can be our natural bushland, a creek or river bank, your garden or a farmer’s paddock.

Noxious weeds are listed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act). Landowners are required to control noxious weeds. Find a list of noxious weeds and treatment advice.
Environmental weeds cause more problems in bushland reserves and gardens. Some environmental weeds, like Blackberry or Broom, are also noxious weeds. Download the Environmental Weeds in the Yarra Ranges flyer (PDF, 7MB).

How to get rid of weeds?

Removal methods (PDF, 121KB) include hand pulling, drill and fill, cut and paint (with a dabber bottle (PDF, 744KB)), smothering and herbicide application. 

Disposal methods include;

How can we help?

The Weed Wipeout program allows residents to dispose of certain environmental weeds. 

You are eligible for a Weed Wipeout tip voucher if you are seeking to dispose of the following species of weeds:

  • English Ivy
  • Blue Periwinkle
  • Montbretia
  • Agapanthus
  • Wandering Trad
  • Japanese Honeysuckle
  • Wild Tobacco Tree
  • Arum Lily
  • Cape Ivy
  • Banana Passionfruit
  • Spanish Heath
  • Red Cestrum
  • Spear Thistle

The Weed Wipeout program can also be used to dispose of woody weeds. Please note that if you wish to dispose woody weeds, only foliage and smaller branches will be accepted. Clean tree branches and limbs can be bundled and put out for bundled branch collection. Eligible woody weeds include:

  • Ceder Wattle
  • Sweet Pittosporum
  • Cape Wattle
  • Cherry Laurel
  • Holly
  • Sycamore Maple
  • Desert Ash
  • Cotoneaster 
  • Mirrorbush
  • Privet

You can apply for a tip voucher in one of two ways, drop into one of Council’s Community Links and receive it on the spot, or alternatively fill out the form below and have one posted to you (this may take a week or so). Each voucher is valid for three months.

Weeds you would like to tip * (Required)

Number of trailer loads - (one cubic metre: single axle trailer levelled or a single car load)? * (Required)

Weed fact sheets