Take a good look at what’s growing in your garden and in local areas around you – and don’t be fooled by good looks.  Even pretty plants can be problem weeds!

We’re not talking about the ‘nuisance’ weeds that pop up in your vege patch or flower garden – these are annoying, but tend to be a problem only in areas under cultivation.

We’re talking about the invasive plants which have a harmful impact on the wider natural environment, on our economy, and on human and animal health. Did you know that Auckland is the second weediest city in the World?!

Many of the weedy species that are invading and damaging our natural areas are ornamental plants that have ‘jumped the fence’ from gardens and gone wild. It costs councils, government departments and private landowners millions of dollars, and volunteers and community groups thousands of unpaid hours, to control these weeds every year.