Holistic weed control practices for urban storm water catchments. Global trends, methods, limitations, and cost benefits.
This paper cites scientific research into weed management practices from around the globe to evaluate their benefits and limitations. In order to protect ecosystems, that WSUD intends to facilitate, there is an increasing range of non chemical and organic weed control methods that are being used and trialled to mitigate herbicide residues in storm water. Life cycle costs, carbon footprint, downstream effects and risk assessment of a range of weed control methodologies are considered in order to evaluate their comparative costs and benefits.
These findings allow us to present a weed management methodologies matrix as a reference point for discussion on planning and budgeting for sustainable weed management to mitigate herbicide residues in urban storm water.
- The hidden costs of chemical weed control;
- The tried and tested alternatives to chemicals;
- How these weed control methods stack up in terms of carbon emissions; and
- 8 clear steps for planning sustainable weed management in your environment.
A detailed weed management methodologies matrix to help you identify the costs and benefits of each method of weed control and compare between them.