Pest Plants in Greater Dandenong
Pest plants (also known as weeds) are plants growing where they are not wanted. This may include in bushland, wetlands, creek sides and home gardens. In Australia, over 76% of introduced weeds began as ornamentals. Weeds compete with native plant species for light, nutrients, water, space and pollinators, reducing the chances of native species establishing.
When weeds take over from native species the biodiversity is reduced, impacting on the whole ecosystem. Habitat for native fauna, such as nesting sites, food and shelter are all reduced.
Weeds cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year. The City of Greater Dandenong’s Parks Team works to control weeds within Council’s bushland reserves, parks and road sides.