National Weed Week
and WEED AROUND THE
Ideas to help get rid of weeds
See also ABC Radio National Online, Ockham's Razor, 16th October
A. Personal experience of the problem.
Our Mt Waverley gardens were mainly original bush 40 years ago. We
also have a large bushland reserve almost across the road. Weeds have
moved in rapidly, but the acceleration and increase in the LAST FOUR
YEARS has been extraordinary. Two new grass weeds in particular are
trying to take over the whole garden, and onionweed has also moved
in. Capeweed and other horrors are also moving up the street via the
A bus and train journey from Canberrra yesterday showed patches of
Paterson's curse - some enormous, but some so small they could be
cleared out by hand.
B. Some ideas.
radio, comunity noticeboards and gardening TV programs etc can
publicise many of them, with illustrations of weeds.)
Raising awareness of the HEALTH
advantages of pulling out weeds.
For juveniles, teenagers and others there is the great
psycological outlet of CONSTRUCTIV DESTRUCTION! Better than
tagging and wrecking fone boxes!
Here is what the destroyer can destroy, the hunter can
hunt, the hero can gain glory! especially when there are large
patches in bush areas, rural properties and parks. Here is
what the neatness obsessiv can be obsessiv about, the paranoid
can be paranoid about, the competitiv can shine, the hermit go
about in a solitary way, the sociable in gangs - outlets for
all sorts of neuroses and sublimation, and plesurabl social
training for personality disorders and the trigger-violent.
How physically healthy! Better than jogging and gyms!
Constructive exercise such as humans were evolved to perform!
- USES FOR WEEDS. Research in finding USES FOR WEEDS
should be strongly supported. If the bloody things are so well
adapted for our environment - find commercial and medical uses
for them! The legality and desirability of passers-by and
neighbors removing specific weeds such as oxalis, sticky-billy,
capeweed and some thick green seeding grasses from verges that
can be reached without stepping off the pavement. Conditions
apply - only those weeds, and they must be disposed of in
rubbish bins. (?Would it be legal?)
- Councils and others can supply or encourage litl
tickets that anyone can put in a letterbox to tell householders
what weeds they have that should be cleared out. These tickets
can be supplied by libraries.
- Publicise a website that has good pictures of weeds,
so everyone can know, and children at school can make their own
Weed-Projects with folders to keep at home for all the family.
- People enjoying parks can take plastic bags to put
weeds in - the parks can have notices with pictures of the
weeds to take.
- Scouts and other youth organizations can organize Weed
Excursions, liaising with property owners for Weed-clearing.
This is good consciousness-raising as well as good exhausting
heroic fun and picnic.
- PUBLICITY - can include computer-grafics pictures of
our country-side and forests which show how the weeds have
infiltrated in from 4-wheel drive tracks, logging, greenies,
- WEED OLYMPICS. A badly-infested property can be
marked out, and groups compete for medals of appropriat colors.
Records can be set up to compete for - as long as this does
not get out of hand. Hero-Weeders!
- THE NEXT NATIONAL WEED WEEK can include processions
down local streets or at a shopping centre, in which
hero-weeders can ride on trucks and wave. And have fotos on
the front page of publications.
- WEED SHAME. Properties with lots of weeds can be
threatend with public shame as well as offered volunteer
assistance to help get rid of them.
- PUBLIC VERGES - of roads, railways etc are key
methods of weed-spreading, and public authorities can think
more of how they can enlist the public as well as pay their own
staff to eradicate weeds. To prevent staff feeling that if all
weeds go, so do their jobs, there must be plesanter useful
occupations they will have when their areas are all clear and
- WEEDY IDEAS. Somewhere that people can send their
ideas and projects about how to clear up weeds.
- The Melbourne University Botany Department at one
stage had some really scary data about weeds in Victoria - can
that be made public?
See also Gloria Frydman ,The Street That Died Young, published in
Melbourne by Five Mile Press, and described in Ockham's Razo Nov
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