Weeds in Australia

Managing weeds

Cultural control

Cultural control is usually associated with farming systems, although some elements are relevant to landscape and bushcare practices. It largely involves manipulating farming practices to suppress weed growth and production, while promoting the development of the desired plant.

The principles and techniques used to prevent weed spread are relevant to cultural control methods to limit the spread of weeds between different land areas.

Cultural control methods

Encourage the competitiveness of desired species that are more competitive and fast growing. This suppresses weed growth by reducing access to available sunlight, nutrients and moisture and can include:

Make it hard for weeds to adapt to weed management techniques. Using the same land management routines year after year may result in weeds adapting to these practices. Some practices that make it hard for weeds to adapt and therefore reduce their spread and vigour include: