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Controlling gorse is a long-term commitment. We understand how daunting it can be to start, but by following a step-by-step process you can prepare, plan and control gorse.
Identify and learn
Identify and learn about gorse. Understanding it’s life-cycle is important and will maximise your success to control the problem.
Assess your property
Where is the gorse problem on your property? Make a map with the size, density and location of the infestation.
Research and review
Use the VGT website for resources on gorse. Use the Virtual Extension Officer to investigate and choose best methods of control.
Network and discuss
Speak with neighbours, local Landcare groups or weed contractors for information and support. Discuss your chosen control method.
Plan for success
Create a realistic management plan that outlines what are you hoping to achieve in the short, medium and long term.
Implement your plan
Carry out your control according to your plan.
Monitor and follow-up
Monitor your gorse control efforts and continue with methods that prove successful.
Keep going. Don't stop!
Now that you have started don’t stop! Control works best
if you are treating plants before they go to flower to prevent further seeding.
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Pros & Cons
Working with your neighbours is another way to maximise your results. Less gorse in the area means your property is less likely to be reinfested. Neighbours and communities working together means more support, knowledge, and a shared responsibility.
Monitor treated gorse so you allow time for planning the additional/ yearly treatments that will be required. Remember, each time gorse flowers it spreads seeds, so plan out your treatment accordingly.
There are many methods available for treating gorse. The right methods vary according to several factors and can also change as the treatment evolves over the years. Don’t hesitate to try out different methods to find what works for your specific situation. Most people adopt a combination of approaches to eradicate their gorse.
Once you have started control don’t stop.
Other Control Methods
Cultural Heritage Awareness
Landholders must be careful to avoid further damage to the environment (including waterways) and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites when using machinery. Be aware of your legal obligations and obtain the necessary permits. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage may be found during works at any time, at any place.
If suspected heritage is discovered, work is to cease and a Preliminary Report Form must be completed and sent to email@example.com. If you are unsure, seek advice from Agriculture Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, First Peoples – State Relations (formerly Aboriginal Victoria) or your local council.
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