Cotoneaster is taking over our margins and roadsides. A prolific seeder it is spread easily by birds and out-competes our native species.
Cotoneaster (Rosaceae – Cotoneaster.Spp) matures quickly forming dense stands that out-compete our native shrubland species. Cotoneaster is a hardy plant that grows almost anywhere but prefers free draining soil. Because it is an attractive plant with white flowers and a red berry in the autumn and winter its often left in cultivated garden plantings. Unfortunately from here it is easily spread by the birds into our public spaces.
Cotoneaster is in our Dirty Dozen because it spreads and grows quickly into dense stands. Left undisturbed it will dominate our margins and roadsides reducing the diversity of the native species around us.
How you can help…
You can remove it from your gardens and edges around you by pulling out small seedlings or apply herbicide to remove them. We find MetGel from Cut’n’Paste works a treat, for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to MetGel please contact us text 022 526 1972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)