As part of the Regional education on African Lovegrass - an integrated approach project, Southern ACT Catchment Group has released a report by Sarah Sharp on the Distribution and abundance of African Lovegrass in the ACT and Capital Region and options for strategic control.
Southern ACT Catchment Group’s partners in this project include Ginninderra Catchment Group, Molonglo Catchment Group, ACT NRM Council, ACT Rural Landholders Association, the Concerned Residents of West Kambah (CRoWK) and the Australian Government’s Community Action Grants.
The past (‘2000’) and present (‘2010’) distribution of African Lovegrass in the ACT and surrounding region were compared. Based on the current program, the likely distribution of African Lovegrass in the ACT was mapped. The data showed that all land uses were susceptible to invasion by African Lovegrass, as it is readily spread along waterways, by mowers and other vehicles, in the gut of animals and in contaminated feed and hay. It appears to be somewhat inhibited by more dense vegetation and by overshadowing from overstorey vegetation. Spreading of seed from mowers and other vehicles appears to be the most significant factor in spreading the grass and it becomes established where there is bare earth (e.g. during the drought and after site disturbance). A staged approach to implementing management actions is recommended.