Trade your weeds for natives

Barcham 3 April 2013 4

Finally all those weeds I’ve been cultivating in the backyard now finally have some value. For one weekend weeds are currency and I am a rich man.

Weed Swap is this weekend so get ready to trade your weeds away and get some native plants to replace them with. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

“On Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April 2013, the biannual Weed Swap will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill,” said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.

“This event, which has been well supported by the Canberra community for over 10 years, is a partnership between the Australian Native Plants Society and the ACT Government. Volunteers will be on-site at the green waste centres to have a chat about why the weeds should be removed and help you choose the most suitable native species for your garden.

“Garden weeds can be swapped for a free native plants including ground covers, grasses, shrubs and some trees.”

Mr Rattenbury said the program targets invasive weed species such as Cotoneaster, Pyracantha, Privet, Broom, Ivy and Periwinkle.

“These species have become part of the garden scene and local landscape since the 1970s when they were allocated to new home-owners. They grow vigorously, most spread by seed and some species can be spread by birds that eat their berries and deposit them into bushland.

The photo above is of a Cotoneaster from an inner north yard. What a wealthy wealthy man.

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4 Responses to Trade your weeds for natives
Jivrashia Jivrashia 3:08 pm 03 Apr 13

This is way, way, low going price for weeds in Canberra…

Solidarity Solidarity 2:42 pm 03 Apr 13

Can I trade bamboo in? I have a bunch of it!

SigmaOctantis SigmaOctantis 12:46 pm 03 Apr 13

What if you don’t want native plants?
We spent a good month ripping out all the native stuff from the garden in the new house. Ugly, scrappy things. The wildlife certainly doesn’t seem to mind that the plants are now evil introduced ones.

zorro29 zorro29 11:41 am 03 Apr 13

suckers gardening properly…now who’s laughing

i hope they have a lot of native plants cos canberra has a lot of weeds. wish i had known this when i cleared a skip full of weeds from my former property to make way for my estravagant landscaping plans

i am richer though as i made the exceptionally wise choice of getting rid of a garden!!

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