Category: General News | Published on 13-July-2021 08:10:25
Weeds are one of the natural environment's primary threats. They destroy native habitats, threaten plants and animals, and choke natural systems such as forests and rivers. Most Australians are affected in one way or another by weeds, either directly or indirectly. Weeds can decrease forest and farm productivity, invade crops, and cause harm to pastures and livestock. They also create material and labour costs for land and water managers, which are passed on to the public in the form of higher produce prices & taxes.
The High Cost of Weeds
Weeds have an adverse impact on the quality and quantity of Australia’s agricultural and forestry products; this affects both consumers and industry. Weeds also cost Australian farmers over a billion dollars each year in weed control measures and more than two billion in lost production. Besides the economic costs, weeds also present a significant threat to Australia’s natural environment. A weed invasion can change an ecological community’s balance and diversity. Changes such as these can threaten many animals and plants because the weeds compete for nutrients, sunlight, and space with native plants.
Just about all our native vegetation communities have been affected by weeds or are vulnerable to exotic species that can change the environment regarding structure, fire frequency, and species composition. Weeds can cause widespread damage, be disturbing to the environment, and create different conditions that better suit the weed than the native plants. They often grow faster than the native species, competing successfully for resources. They may also replace the plants that animals use for food, shelter, and nesting.
Weeds also have an adverse impact on agriculture. They are aggressive competitors when it comes to water, sunlight, and nutrients, often leading to reduced crop yield and quality. They can contaminate food products, causing issues such as discoloured flour, tainted milk and meat from animals that eat weeds such as wild garlic, and even killing horses in some cases. Weeds can also affect the operation of farm equipment.
Finally, weeds have a negative impact on human health. Common weeds such as ragweed, parthenium weed, and privet can cause respiratory problems, even asthma. Some can cause skin irritation, and some are poisonous if ingested. Certain water weeds can affect drinking water quality. If you're currently completing a project that requires landscaping supplies or if you want to get of weeds for a customer or in your own garden, StrataGreen is here to assist you. Try Slasher Weedkiller. A fast-acting herbicide designed for use around public and private areas where other herbicides may be unsafe to the user. Slasher Weedkiller is glyphosate-free. Other Options include Apparent Salvo and Spartan Herbicide Weed Control. Get in touch with our friendly team on 1300 866 367 and we will help you find the product that's best for you.