Weeds are having a significant impact on our native plant communities. Weeds smother and displace native plants and ecosystems in every part of New Zealand – from estuaries to alpine herb fields.
Left unchecked, they will change our landscape and destroy our natural heritage, and that includes endangering our rare and threatened birds.
Weedbusters is a public awareness and education programme about invasive weeds. Weedbusters is all about working together to reduce the threat of weeds to New Zealand's natural environment.
The Department of Conservation has been proud to have a lead role in the Weedbusters initiative.
Controlling weeds is an important part of conservation work, and unless everyone plays their part in stopping the spread of weeds we will be fighting a losing battle.
The problem is big and growing. New Zealand has about 2,500 species of native plants and about 10 times that number of non-native plants have been introduced in the last 100 years.
Weeds come in all shapes and sizes. Learn about different types of weeds and the problems they create.
Find out about weed control and the questions you need to answer as you tackle this problem.
Discover different weed control methods and practical tips for spraying.
How to reduce weed re-growth. Techniques include planting, mulching and weeding.
The safe disposal of weeds is critical when removing weeds from an area.
Weeds exist in all types of environments and in all ecosystems, from marine to wetlands to tussocklands and forest. Each area presents different challenges in the battle against these plant invaders.
Related links to external websites, DOC publications and other relevant information.
DOC’s Inventory and Monitoring Toolbox - methods for sampling populations of species