11053: Watsonia control along Balingup Brook
Balingup Brook meanders through the Blackwood Valley, crossing the South Western Highway at the northern entrance of the vibrant tourist town of Balingup.
Infestation by weeds is one of the biggest threats to the health of Balingup Brook.
In 2011, the brook was sprayed with herbicide targeting blackberry. Spraying was successful, however the removal of blackberry infestations allowed Watsonia to thrive.
Watsonia is an invasive weed and is registered as a 'Weed of National Significance'.
This project will target Watsonia that has infested a two kilometre stretch of Balingup Brook east of the South West Highway. Infestations are patchy and extend approximately 10 metres either side of the brook.
Control measures will include:
- herbicide sprays in heavily infested areas
- manual removal in isolated patches of good bushland
Revegetation with native seedlings will occur once the Watsonia has been successfully removed.
|Investment:||$ 10 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup|
|Project duration:||October 2012 - December 2013|
|Location:||Balingup Brook, Balingup|
- Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup (home page)