The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is calling for the community’s help in reporting caltrop so work crews can target outbreaks of this nasty weed before it spreads this season.
The City is also encouraging residents to do their part to help control this noxious weed, by removing and destroying the weed on their own property and adjoining verge, to prevent further spreading.
If residents see an outbreak of caltrop, they should report it by calling the City’s Customer Service Team on 9021 9600 or by logging the location using the Snap, Send, Solve app.
CEO John Walker encouraged people to report outbreaks in public places, as well as doing their bit and removing caltrop on their own properties and verges.
“Despite its prickles, caltrop is a relatively easy weed to remove, especially if you can get to it before it gets too big,” he said.
“When it has grown to cover a large area, the best way to pull up caltrop is to roll it up like a mat, so you can easily access the root area. Then you can use a garden fork to loosen the root, and pull out the weed.
“Make sure you use gloves, and always try to collect any fallen seeds to ensure that it doesn’t grow back in a cleared area. Dispose of caltrop by tying it up in a plastic bag, and putting it in the bin.
For more information on weed eradication, please contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9600.