Don’t pick the blackberries

Weed control

Blackberries are classified as a noxious weed and it is this time of year that is ideal for treating the plant with poison.

Please be aware that, as part of the annual maintenance program, blackberry spraying has started. This means we cannot eat the fruit.

Blackberry in fruit

Blackberry in fruit

Blackberry fruit

Blackberry fruit

The blackberry plant can be quite attractive and the fruit quite tasty; however, the plant is not so good, environmentally speaking.

Impact on ecosystems and waterways

The blackberry is considered a serious environmental threat and is highly invasive. It can provide harbour and a food source for pest species, as well as serve to outcompete and eliminate other vegetation by excluding light from the soil surface.

In its early stages of infestation, blackberry will grow over, or occupy, gaps in native vegetation and, in later stages, can severely restrict regeneration in native forests (Department of Primary Industries, 2012.)

For information on the plant, including images, information about lifecycle and management, see the Blackberry resource available at the DPI.

2 responses to “Don’t pick the blackberries

  1. i understand leaving the vegetation as it is but what about your walking tracks keep them clear for fallen tress or the public wont use it also the amount of fuel (dead vegetation) close to homes is alarming

    • Hi Adrian,

      Great to hear from you. There’s been so much wind, lately and, as you would expect, fallen trees can occur under these conditions. We as the Committee of Management try to keep up with the maintenance of walking tracks within the Reserve for us all to use. It would be greatly appreciated if you would go to the ‘Contact Us’ form (see the Home page) and tell us which tracks are affected? It all depends on volunteer labour but keeping tracks clear is important and it’s great to get reports from Reserve users so we know where and when problems occur.

      The fuel versus ecological benefit of fallen timber is a common debate. In a Reserve managed for conservation purposes, dead vegetation and particularly logs provide valuable habitat for a wide range of animals, insects and microscopic life including fungi. Having a range of woody debris means a healthier ecosystem. Again, if you could please go to the ‘Contact Us’ form and provide specific details of the area you’re concerned about we will investigate further and advise Latrobe City Council if necessary.

      Cheers 

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