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Bush Crew Diaries
Could you have any ‘Garden Thugs’ lurking in your garden?
What is a ‘Garden Thug’?
Garden thugs are invasive plants that escape the garden setting and invade surrounding areas, including bushland reserves. Depending on their dispersal methods some garden thugs can have their reproductive material transported kilometres away by vectors such as birds, foxes, humans, wind and water.
An example of a Garden Thug is the Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) - Pictured above
We see Japanese Honeysuckle growing in many gardens in Banyule. It is a fast growing climber with white to cream strongly scented flowers. Originally from East Asia, it is sold in Australian nurseries as an ornamental garden plant and is now widely distributed in all States and Territories (except NT). This climber can form large mats on the ground smothering native vegetation and can climb up to 10 metres tall smothering trees and shrubs. It reproduces by seed or vegetative means and is spread by water, dumped garden waste and birds. In Banyule we see it invading bushland, particularly riparian vegetation. Wilson Reserve in East Ivanhoe is one of several bushland reserves that the Yarra 2 team manage and unfortunately you can find Japanese Honeysuckle within this reserve. Our team is working to control it and ensure it does not threaten significant remnant vegetation in the reserve.
What you can do to help
- Learn to identify garden thugs and inform your neighbours, friends and families about them.
- Remove any garden thugs from your garden to stop them spreading to surrounding bushland.
- Avoid purchasing garden thugs from nurseries and plant indigenous alternatives.
We have produced a booklet titled ‘Weeds in Banyule’, which offers information about weeds and their control methods. You can also get advice from your local indigenous nursery on alternative local species to plant to help boost biodiversity in your area.
For a free copy of the "Weeds in Banyule' booklet, e-mail email@example.com and we can post out a copy.
Thanks for your help!