Weed Management

Council officer spraying weeds in lanewayWeeds are not only unattractive, but also threaten native plants and invade urban bushland.

Council aims to control the growth of weeds in open spaces, including parks, reserves and sports grounds, and in residential areas where weeds can grow along roads, footpaths and in-between pavers.    

Council manages weeds by conducting ‘spot spraying’ on roads and footpaths on a four-week cycle. Spraying in Yarra’s parks and sports grounds is done twice a year, in early spring and autumn, as this is the most effective time to eliminate juvenile weeds.

As well as conducting regular weed spraying, Council also responds to calls from community members who report areas of high weed growth. If you would like to report weeds, contact Council on 9205 5555. 

Keeping your garden weed-free

Because weeds can spread easily, residents who keep their gardens weed-free can make a big difference in limiting their growth around Yarra.

If you remove weeds from your garden, remember to dispose of them responsibly by calling Council on 9205 5555 to arrange a collection.

Depending on the type of weed to be collected, Council will advise whether a free green waste collection or hard rubbish collection is required.

Residents are entitled to an unlimited number of green waste collections, while free hard rubbish collections are limited to two per year.

For more information about how to identify a weed and recommendations for what you can plant instead, download a copy of the booklet pdf format Removing weeds in Yarra - June 2012 (4.49 MB) 


For further information about weed management in Yarra’s open spaces:
Jason Hocking
Coordinator Open Space
9489 4588

For further information about weed management around roads and footpaths:
Kim O’Connor
Manager Engineering Operations
9205 5511


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