Wattle you do about weeds in your garden?

​RESIDENTS in the Shire of Mundaring are encouraged to remove Flinders Range Wattles from their properties and verges this autumn.

Known scientifically as Acacia Iteaphylla, the South Australian native is an introduced species in Western Australia and is therefore considered a weed.

Fire hazard inspection officer, Allan Entwistle, recommended residents remove the species as part of bushfire preparedness efforts around their homes.  

"Woody weeds such as Eastern States Wattles present an increased risk of bushfire hazard, especially when close to buildings, as they burn so readily in fiery conditions," Mr Entwistle said.

"Eastern States Wattles also crowd out native plants, making dense, impenetrable thickets, and any fuel load management underneath these weeds a nearly impossible task."

With viable seeds that spread easily from winter through to spring and pollen known to aggravate hay fever and asthma, Mr Entwistle said removing the wattles before they flower is best.

For more information about the Flinders Range Wattle and other weeds visit the Environment page of the Shire website.

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