GORSE (sometimes called FURZE) – Ulex europaeus L.
WEED OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE
CAUTION -Gorse is highly combustible both green and dry/dead.
If you want to know more about Gorse as a weed there are many web sites that will give you that information.
However none will mention the most effective control method – the EcoBlade.
RECLAIM YOUR GORSE-INFESTED LAND!
– CUTS, MULCHES & PAINTS CHEMICAL ONTO THE STUMPS OF THE PLANT IN A SINGLE ACTION.
– CHEMICAL USE IS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED
– 95% + KILL RATE
– LAND IS LEFT CLEAR FOR PLANTING OR GROWTH OF DESIRABLE GRASSES
Hand-spraying is also effective in killing Gorse, providing it is thoroughly performed by a qualified professional. Many areas show considerable regrowth in subsequent years because the treatment wasn’t correctly done. We hand-spray small infestations of Gorse as well as areas that are inaccessible to the Bobcat and EcoBlade. The dead plants remain standing and will break down in time. Hand-spraying may be preferred in areas where birds have made the Gorse their home. This allows time for the establishment of an alternative habitat for them.
RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF INDIGENOUS PLANTS OR PASTURE:
It is best to avoid disturbing the soil after treatment as regeneration from seed may occur for many years. You can plant into the gorse mulch as early as a few weeks after EcoBlading. A local Landcare group successfully hand-planted a range of indigenous plants into the mulch 6 weeks after treatment.
We are not aware of anyone doing this to date, but we believe that it would be possible to successfully revegetate by broadcasting seed over the EcoBladed mulch, particularly if fertiliser was spread at the same time.
John has had 10 years’ experience in the treatment and control of Gorse. For the past 5 years he has been using the EcoBlade, which is by far the most effective treatment method available. It cuts the plant just above ground level, mulches it, and simultaneously paints a very small amount of chemical onto the cut stump. In John’s experience this process does not stimulate seed growth. The rate of regrowth, if any, is less than 5%, and can easily be eradicated by hand spraying in the year or two following the initial treatment. You are not left with a paddock full of dead and highly flammable bushes. You may allow regeneration of existing native or pasture species, or plant into the mulch, and rest assured that they will not be overtaken by Gorse.
THE ECOBLADE IS THE BEST METHOD OF TREATMENT FOR GORSE AND MANY OTHER WOODY WEEDS
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