Holistic weed control practices for urban storm water catchments. Global trends, methods, limitations, and cost benefits.
This paper cites scientific research into weed management practices from around the globe to evaluate their benefits and limitations. In order to protect ecosystems, that WSUD intends to facilitate, there is an increasing range of non chemical and organic weed control methods that are being used and trialled to mitigate herbicide residues in storm water. Life cycle costs, carbon footprint, downstream effects and risk assessment of a range of weed control methodologies are considered in order to evaluate their comparative costs and benefits.
These findings allow us to present a weed management methodologies matrix as a reference point for discussion on planning and budgeting for sustainable weed management to mitigate herbicide residues in urban storm water.
- The hidden costs of chemical weed control;
- The tried and tested alternatives to chemicals;
- How these weed control methods stack up in terms of carbon emissions; and
- 8 clear steps for planning sustainable weed management in your environment.
A detailed weed management methodologies matrix to help youidentify the costs and benefits of each method of weed control and compare between them.
About the author, Jeremy Winer
Jeremy Winer has 30 years of practical experience in implementing integrated holistic approach to weed management across urban landscapes, recreational parklands and wetlands. He currently runs Weedtechnics specialising in providing chemical reduction and non-toxic weed control programs to municipalities across Australia. He has developed, patented, manufactured, and commercialised the Steamwand method of creating saturated steam for vegetation control.
He has undertaken extensive review of scientific research on chemical and non chemical weed control methods and is delighted to present to you his weed management methodologies matrix and research paper on sustainable weed management in urban water catchments.