The City has commenced its program to eliminate the use of glyphosate in the road reserve. Council approved this five-year program in November 2020, subject to budget considerations each year.
The first year will see a 40 per cent reduction in use on the road reserve, replaced by hot steam spraying on all footpaths that are adjacent to property boundaries.
Caltrop is found mostly on dry sandy soils. It can extract soil moisture from great depths, allowing the plant to thrive under very dry conditions.
In the City of Stirling, this weed is likely to affect recreational activities as the sharp, rigid spines on its fruit can easily penetrate human skin. It can also damage the feet of animals, and if eaten, can harm the mouths and internal organs of native wildlife and pets.