Physical weed control refers to manually removing weeds either by hand, or using tools or machinery.
Hand pulling and grubbing
Weeds, including their roots, are physically pulled out of the ground by hand or using hand tools.
This is an effective method of control for individual weeds and recent outbreaks that haven’t released seeds yet, but it requires a lot of labour.
A brush-cutter, slasher or mower are used to cut weeds off above the ground level. This can be effective in suppressing flower and seed development.
Bulldozers, chopper rollers or graders are used to clear large weed infestations. This leaves large areas of soil exposed so follow- up control or revegetation is almost always needed.
A large blade with teeth attached to a bulldozer is used to clear large weed infestations.
This leaves large areas of soil exposed so follow-up control or revegetation is almost always needed.