Weed fightback

Weeds are now a major problem at Westgate Park and the focus of our volunteer efforts there. However, we have discovered that many of our indigenous species are holding their own against the invasion.

Dense shrubs like Pomaderris paniculosa – Coast Pomaderris and Dodonaea Viscosa – Wedge-leaf Hop-bush are effective at keeping weeds at bay but, surprisingly, so are some of our groundcovers and sprawling herbs.

Parts of the park with mature vegetation are largely weed-free especially where the soil is well covered by plants and leaf litter.