Removing Lantana

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  1. VanillaCupcake

    VanillaCupcake Junior Member

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    Hi,

    Does anyone know any organic ways of removing lantana? There is a fair amount on the property growing amongst the natives. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Cheers!
    Sarah
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    I know people who dig it out by hand, a pick under the central stem is the best option, and then they upend it and leave it to die on the spot. They are clearing steep slopes that way but it is labour intensive and you have to be planting something in it's place a-la the bush regenerators or it will come back. I have cleared it by hand on an acre or so but too many seeds under and it just comes back.

    There is also the bulldozer method which is popular for large swathes of it on fairly flat ground. This is popular in some places as lantana produces a good mulch and by bulldozing it, the mulch is retained and enhanced.

    I have heard of fire being used but there are restrictions on fire permits and you lose the mulch.

    Depends on how much there is and what your options are limited by (physical fitness, slope, etc.)
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    To rephrase Bill Mollison

    " you dont have a lantana problem you have a goat deficiency " :lol:

    frosty
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Thanks - you're both awesome, lol! :cheers:
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Goats will not eat Lantana,nibble at the flowers but certainly will not clear an infestation.....been there done that.


    Batz
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Machete, long strong gloves, heaps of sweat. :axe:
    I used it as a daily anger management exercise. :axe:

    A tractor and chain around the main root - if you can find it. and a serious, industrial mulcher might also help.

    You could always turn it into a fairy-cubby for the kids. Heard of green architecture? :idea:
    Problem is, nasty ground spiders seem to like to nest in the fallen leaves. So get some chooks to eat the spiders.

    I found a fully built, nice chook shed under mine.
    That was a after three months of 'anger management' :axe:


    Goats sound good if they will eat it?? :drinkers:
    Will they??
    What if you starved them?

    Where does lantana come from?
    Something must eat it?
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    PS
    Just did a bit of 'googling' and found these links
    Both chemical heavy
    https://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news/state ... 61659.aspx
    https://www.au.gardenweb.com/forums/load ... 13183.html
    This one on biological control
    https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s929417.htm

    More on the bug that eats it here
    https://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficia ... ce_bug.htm
    Anyone know wher to get some?
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Anyone that's ever pulled a weed already knows this, but thought I'd mention it. If you can get at them after a rain when the ground is moist you get more root and it comes out easier. We don't get much rain so I used a hose on slow drip to wet the ground, then used the pick method. It came out easier than I thought it would. Raked up the leaves, planted a lime tree there and it hasn't come back & the lime tree is doing good.
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Hey,


    Thanks for all that info.

    The Lantana isn't so much in the gardens as it is in the bush-lands. We're eventually going to work towards re-establishing areas that were used for cattle-grazing, we hope to bring the natives back in. The Lantana is scattered here and there, so it looks like getting rid of it is going to be an adventure. :shock:
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    I just posted a Lantana control method on the 'choko' thread
    You make chocko bombs by wrapping chocko in wet paper and lobbing these into the lantana.
    The chokos grow and smother the lantana!

    I would have liked to have known that, before my machete-wielding, bloody, three-year battle with the Mother Of All Lantanas (I found a big chook shed under it!)
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    But why is having a patch of chokos better than having a patch of lantana? Apart from the (very arguably) edible fruit?
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    I don't know.
    Ask PP :) ;)
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    there was a new invention at a farmers festival this year that works like a star picket remover designed to lift the lantana plant up and out.

    it should be out there in google world.

    choko smother techniques would only work in limited situation. namely ultra high rainfall with fertile soil.

    www.janahn.com.au
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    have you got some photos of the lantana you want removed?
    Maybe trimming it to a hedge would work better for now? it would hold a lot of wildlife in it.
    if it was kept under control it would be working for you not against you.
    Just a few thoughts.
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Don't you go shooting any messengers there MA (lol)

    The rest of Bills story is to let pigs clean up the chokos, they love chokos and not lantana and they tell me that choko fed pigs taste like chicken but I doubt it's true :wink:
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    They say snails taste like chicken too but MA seems reluctant to give it a try!
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    some interesting ideas there.. particularly like the choko bomb idea although it its in natural areas choko may be out of place as well..

    i have seen other types of seed bombs made from manure and seeds that are used in guerrilla gardening in urban centres where there is no access..

    Try using the seed of "monkey tail" a native vine that grows fast and vigorously, it will take over hopefully.. depends on your climate, its sub-tropical..
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    I've just spent an afternoon chopping at lantana so we have mulch for the compost heap. In the absense of anything else but leaves to mulch this is a godsend.

    I've decided that I'm happy to live with the lantana on our property so long a we can keep harvesting it for compost and keep it under control. Its free, pesticide free, and goes through the chipper like a dream.
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    you should make sure that you have some native tubestock to plant in the gaps otherwise you upset the balance and the lantana will just come back.
     
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    Re: Removing Lantana

    Would Old Man Salt Bush be a good thing to replace the lantana with? or is it not suited to growing in that region?
     

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