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Mlawula Invasive Plant Species Mitigation

 Project: Rehabilitating growth Space for indigenous Plants and water systems

Aim:  To mitigate invasive shrubs , which will potentially choke water sources and choke the land surface inhibiting undergrowth and grass growth for wildlife, eradication will allow for indigenous grass and undergrowth to grow and free water flow.

Target Plants:

Acacia decurrens
green wattle
Acacia mearnsii
black wattle
Caesalpinia decapetala
Mauritius thorn
Lantana camara
Sesbania punicea
red sesbania
Psidium guajava
Solanum mauritianum
Chromolaena odorata
triffid weed


Map out blocks/sites for action needed preferably blocks far apart as not to give wildlife and birds spaces of no interference.

Hand Pulling

  • is the most biological form.
  • Pull out plants
  • Turn them upside down
  • Roots exposed to sun
  • Follow up after 3 weeks
  • Collect dry shrubs use for firewood or Community artists can use basketry and woven products
  • Inspect for new growth and pull them out
  • Follow up after 3 months and check
  • Assist indigenous grass seeds to spread over the area

Brush Cutter Chainsaw

  • Using brush cutters for the more troublesome shrubs The wattles, Guava, Latana Camara and Maritius thorn.
  • Cut down as low as possible
  • Clear shrubs
  • Follow up with Mutton and Pick to dig out root base
  • Turn upside down root exposed to sun
  • Follow up after 3 weeks use dry plant material for fire boiler at Sphiso Camp or for artwork and basketry.

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