The aim of weed control is to reduce the amount of weed seed in the soil and prevent the replenishment of the seed store in the soil by preventing weed growth which may allow the weed to propagate. Herbicides in many cases are the cheapest and easiest way to control weeds but are not the answer in all situations. Weed control should always include a combination of control strategies such as herbicides, biological control agents, encouraging pasture growth to compete with weeds, grubbing, slashing and ploughing. There are some situations where the use of some of these methods can be detrimental to efficient weed control.

County council weeds officers are always available to provide advice to landholder on the best method of controlling weeds in a given situation. For further information email-