A non-chemical approach to weed control

A Sweet end to Weeds

Sugar has the potential to control annual weeds according to recent research trials conducted by researchers from Charles Sturt University.

Trials on a private property “Windermere”, and a travelling stock reserve “Green Gully” near Young in central NSW have provided dramatic results, with Paterson’s Curse and Wild Oats flourishing in untreated plots whilst plots treated with sugar had far fewer annual weeds.

This method of weed control was brought to my attention by Ralph De Ville of Mallabula Landcare at the Tilligerry workshop on 22 June. The group have been trialling the method on buffalo grass over a 50m2 plot at Rookes Point, Port Stephens.