Management and control of serrated tussock

Serrated tussock control can be complex but is essential to ensure farm productivity and environmental values are not lost.

Integrated weed management using combinations of chemical, mechanical, physical and cultural techniques are critical for long term control of serrated tussock.

Eradication and control of serrated tussock must focus on the eradication of adult plants and re-established seedlings.  Management activities should be well planned with the aim of stopping plants setting seed with large infestations treated in manageable parcels.  Regular monitoring and follow up over serveral years is essential.

More detailed information on the management and control of serrated tussock can be found on the NSW DPI website.

Strategies for control

  • Prevention

 It is critical to prevent the introduction and establishment of serrated tussock. Treat individual plants and small infestation before they spread.

  • Out compete seedlings
Serrated tussock seedlings are weak and slow growing. Reduce seedling survival by minimising bare ground and increasing the level of desirable vegetation.
  • Prevent seed-set in adult plants

Put in place a weed management plan that uses a variety of treaments to kill adult plants or stops them from seeding.