Grass-roots community organisation that aims to improve the natural condition of the Derwent catchment



The following page is a brief summary of information available on the DPIPWE website regarding Boneseed control. For more information view here

Non-chemical control

Physical removal

  • Slashing or mowing will not eradicate Boneseed. Plants regrow strongly from the cut stumps unless they are treated with herbicide.
  • Boneseed plants have a relatively shallow root system. Seedlings and young plants can be readily pulled by hand; however larger plants require a tractor or similar equipment.
  • When bushes are pulled out, the ground disturbance may stimulate seed germination, making the Boneseed problem worse. Follow-up treatment including pulling of seedlings or herbicide treatment is essential.
  • For low to medium Boneseed density, handpull small plants and treat larger plants by cut-stump herbicide treatment. This minimises soil disturbance and damage to native vegetation.


  • Fire can be used to control dense infestations of Boneseed. Burning kills seedlings and most mature plants and stimulates the germination of the seed in the soil. Regrowth seedlings can then be treated by pulling or with herbicide.
  • Use fire carefully. Consider burning only where the Boneseed infestation is very dense and few native species are present. Avoid burning adjacent bushland.

Chemical control

Use herbicides in accordance with label. Refer to APVMA permit PER13160 where herbicide is to be used in non-cropping and bushland areas

Application method:

1. Foliar spray

  • Stage of growth - Actively growing to mature
  •  Location (a) - Pasture and non-cropping
  • Suggested herbicide - Roundup Biactive®
  •  Location (b) - Non-legume pasture
  • Suggested herbicide - Associate®

2. Drill axe/drill and fill, cut stump/cut and paste, basal bark

  • Stage of growth - Actively growing to mature
  • Location - Non-cropping and bushland
  • Suggested herbicide - Roundup Biactive®

Derwent Catchment Project

PO Box 22 Hamilton TAS 7140  |  Phone (03) 6286 3211  |