Full steam ahead
Published on 16 August 2019
Following a successful trial, Maribyrnong City Council has committed to using steam to kill weeds in our parks and open spaces, in order to reduce our reliance on chemical herbicides.
The steaming method uses super-heated water and wet steam to destroy weeds on contact - most importantly, it is safe to use.
High-use areas such as children’s centres, schools and playgrounds in Maribyrnong will be prioritised using the steaming method, which guarantees no spray drift of chemicals.
While Council adjusts to its new approach to weed control, you may notice some increased weed growth in our parks and open spaces.
In addition to steaming, Council will be utilising manual weeding and a registered organic herbicide. The organic herbicide is approved to use on organic crops in Australia and made from a Nonanoic acid which occurs naturally in plants.
Want to try weed steaming in your own backyard? Simply boil your kettle and pour the hot water and steam over the offending weeds.
A word from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov
The health and safety of our community members and staff is paramount to everything we do.
It is great to see Maribyrnong utilising weed steaming, which is not only innovative and effective but also safe for everyone.
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