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 Willow control. For more information view here

Non-chemical control

Physical removal

  • Willow seedlings and rooted fragments up to 2 years old can be removed by hand.
  • Larger trees will require machinery for physical removal. A range of machinery options are available depending on the site conditions. Always consider occupational health and safety when using machinery to remove willows!
  • On stream banks or other erodible sites root mass should be retained to limit erosion. This will require felling of stems and application of herbicide to the outer rings of the stump. Refer to the Willow National Best Practice Manual.
  • Generally, a combination of physical removal and chemical treatment provides best long-term results.

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. Spot spraying

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

2. Foliar Spray

  • Stage of growth - Actively growing plants less than 2 m high
  •  Location - Pasture and non-cropping
  • Suggested herbicide - Roundup Biactive®

3. Basal bark

  • Stage of growth - Plants with stems to 10 cm diameter
  • Location - Pasture and non-cropping
  •  Suggested herbicide - AccessTM

4. Cut and paint

  • Stage of growth - Plants with stems
  • Location - Pasture and non-cropping
  • Suggested herbicide - AccessTM


Derwent Catchment Project

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