1 August 2015 NEWSLETTER Issue 540 20 Elliott Street Midvale

1 August 2015 NEWSLETTER Issue 540 20 Elliott Street Midvale
August 2015
20 Elliott Street
WA 6056
Email: midlandmowers@iinet.net.au
Website: www.midlandmowers.com.au
Issue 540
September Lawn Care
Previous Month Minutes
Minutes continued
Guest Speaker
Treasurer’s Report
Major Raffle
Sick Work Assistance
New Members
New Committee Details
16 & 17
Emergency Mower Hire
Meeting Dates
Shop Talk
Please be advised that there are proposed
changes to the LMCA Constitution which will
be voted on by Special Resolution at the
August General Meeting.
Members will receive the proposed changes
attached with this month’s newsletter
Income Tax Returns for small businesses are due on:
31 October for an individual, partnership or trust
28 February for a company (but if you didn’t lodge
your prior year return on time, or any prior-year
returns are outstanding your return is due on
31 October)
PAYG withholding payment summary annual report
of employee wages is due on 14 august
(Further information available from the ATO website)
Water Corp Information
Chemical Application Course
Weeds, Pests & Diseases
Major Raffle
To be drawn at the
August Meeting
This month’s Newsletter
One of our Contractors recently wrote in to remind all
contractors that all rope and tie-downs must be
Australian certified. As a follow-up to the article in the
May newsletter, there is some more valuable
information on Page 21. There is a Load Restraint Guide
published by the National Transport Commission but is
too many pages to publish.
(See details on Page 11)
Details of the NTC website can be found on Page 21.
The advice contained in this newsletter is given in good
faith. It does not necessarily represent the opinion of the
Lawn Mowing Contractors Association of WA Inc, neither
Committee or Members. Unless otherwise stated, it is
given from the point of view of experienced LAWN
MOWING Contractors, but it is not intended to infer any
specialised technical knowledge other than that of a
contractor. If in doubt, readers should seek specialised
technical advice.
The Lawn Mowing Contractors Association of WA Inc.
accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of claims
made by advertisers in this newsletter.
September Lawn Care
With the change in seasons, rain and then sunny periods, the ground
gets to warm up quite quickly. Light fertilising now will help to bring all
your lawns on to your summer cutting schedule. If you work on the
maximum of 2kg per 100 sqm, that will give you an excellent result.
Always be aware at this time of the year, any fertiliser left on drive-ways or
foot paths can very quickly cause ‘iron stains’ which are almost impossible to
remove. If you are fertilising, make sure you clean up really well.
Try to find a fertiliser that has a reasonable amount of nitrogen, as this will
heat proof the lawn as the warm weather comes on.
Mowing frequency increases during the spring because of the favourable conditions for turf grass growth. Any
periods of rainfall combined with warmer spring temperatures accelerate growth of lawns. Under normal
conditions, no more than 1/3 of the shoot length should be removed at any one mowing. Be sure to remove heavy
clipping deposits from your lawns. Failure to remove these clippings may reduce the amount of sunlight available
to the turf grass, and may also initiate disease problems. Whilst some thatch is desirable to provide resilience
against wear and to allow moisture retention in the soil, excessive thatch is detrimental to turf quality, forming a
barrier that prevents water and fertiliser reaching the root zone and host diseases and destructive insects.
Thatch can hinder water, oxygen and nutrients entering the soil which drastically affects the health of
your lawn. Using a vertimower will remove not just the thatch, but also most of your lawn, leaving just
the roots and runners. You’ll no doubt be shocked at the brown, nasty appearance of your lawn after
vertimowing but no need to panic as your lawn will recover quickly. The key is to get the timing right.
For warm season grasses like buffalo, vertimowing should be carried out during the growing season when
the night temperatures are warmer. Mid to late spring is an ideal time to start. If you can’t convince
your customers to vertimow, then coring should be recommended which not only removes an amount of
thatch but allows water and nutrient penetration to heavily used lawns.
If you have any vertimowing and coring work you need to pass on, please contact Terry or Carol and we
will find a contractor in your area. This keeps you in control of your lawns, as the guys will be happy to fit
in with your mowing schedules. You can also find contractors with specialised services on the LMCA
(More information on vertimowing will be published in the September newsletter).
Dry patches in Lawns
Dry patches in turf are often caused by water repellence. The grains in sandy loams sometimes become water
repellent by being coated with organic residues from decomposing plant materials. Testing for water repellence
may be simply assessed by placing a drop of water on the dry soil and observing how long it
takes for the drop to disappear. Times under 8 seconds indicate no water repellence. Times
over 4 minutes indicate severe water repellence. The best way of overcoming water
repellence and dry patch is by the use of agricultural wetting agents. It has been found that
three light applications, spread through the dry season, give better results than one large
application early in the season. Apply the wetting agent towards the end of winter wet season
(in September). Repeat applications should be made in November and March.
After each application, irrigate at a low rate, about 5-10mm per hour, so that the water can penetrate deeply into
the affected area.
The President opened the meeting at 7:40pm
As per attendance sheets. The President thanked everyone for attending and to those who assisted with the BBQ preparations,
then welcomed Visitors and thanked Sponsors. A Lawson invited Arnold from Knights to speak briefly to the Members. Arnold invited members to contact him for a competitive quote re: home & contents insurance.
Steven Scott, David Hornby, David Davies, Michael Ace, Matthew Polkinghorne.
T Butler introduced Adam Collard, nominated by T Butler as a full sick work member. Adam inducted with members approval.
Moved, R Mulcahy, seconded G Bruce that the Minutes as published in the July newsletter were a true and accurate record of
the June meeting. Carried.
S Polkinghorne suggested a typing error in the wording of his proposal re: reserve funds at the June meeting. C Steele-Butler
will follow up.
Moved S Polkinghorne, seconded Graham Humble that the Treasurer’s Report, as published in the newsletter be accepted and
the accounts paid. Carried.
A Lawson advised that the first prize of the monthly raffle was a meat pack, kindly donated by Bindoon Butchers, valued at
M Smilovitis advised that there are still tickets for sale for the major raffle prize.
A Lawson reminded members that we voted some time ago for Matthew Watterston to receive a full honorarium for running the
shop. A Lawson advised that there was some confusion regarding Matthew’s honorarium and a lesser amount was paid. A
Lawson advised that the Committee have since brought Matthew’s honorarium into line with General Committee honorariums
and subsequently proposed for Members approval of the full honorarium. All members voted in favour of Matthew receiving a
full honorarium as a general committee member.
A Lawson advised members that the Committee have made several proposed changes to the current constitution. A copy of
these changes have been circulated with the July newsletter and will again be circulated in the August newsletter, in order for
the changes to be voted at the August meeting prior to lodging with the Department of Commerce. A Lawson encouraged all
members to read through the changes prior to the voting at the August meeting. A Lawson asked for members to speak if they
had any issues with any of the proposed changes thus far with no-one speaking forward.
G Bruce has silver cord and green cord for trial sampling.
A Lawson advised that the webpage is currently under development and the new version is soon to be uploaded. A Lawson
reminded new members to keep updating their areas/details and regularly save the information to stay in the top spots. A Lawson advised members to contact Carol if there are any major issues with logging in.
T Butler reports there are lots of enquiries for potential new members. He requested potential new members to fill in contact
details on the Visitors Sheet so that Carol can forward relevant information.
R Mulcahy enquired on the progress of the Questionnaires. C Steele-Butler advised that the results will be available at the next
(Continued from Page 5)
P Watterston advised members that it is compulsory to display the ‘Mowing in Progress’ signs. He further advised that the
signs are only available by pre-order at $50 each.
T Butler reminded members that fire extinguishers and first aid kits are also required in work vehicles.
A Lawson advised contractors that if they cause a fire by using an edger on total fire ban days, then they will not be insured.
G Bruce requested for Muir’s to advise members on their monthly specials. T Butler advised members to take in their membership cards for discounts. K Griffiths advised the members that Muir’s will be donating a bag of fertiliser for each meeting for a
raffle prize.
A Lawson asked the members if there was anything they would like to see the committee working on, with nil response.
L Brady advised members that Terry Willison from Northside Mowers will be retiring at the end of the month.
T Butler advised that Specialised Mower Parts are supplying MEY parts. Contact details can be obtained from Aaron or Carol.
A Lawson advised that the September meeting will be held at Midland Mowers, with specials on the night including the edger
blade specials.
Meat Raffle kindly donated by Bindoon Meats won by Neil Stevens
Bag of Fertiliser donated by Muir’s won by Cam Lowndes
Loose bottom blade sharpening donated by Balcatta Mowers won by Michael Pedersen
Loose cylinder grind donated by Joondalup Mowers & Machinery won by Liam Brady
Edger blades donated by Blades Galore won by Peter Watterston
Whipper cord donated by Blades Galore won by Neil Dodd
Dan Murphy’s $30 gift card won by Michael Pedersen
Chase the Joker not won, will be $450 next meeting
Guest Speaker—August meeting
Please welcome Michael Allanson who will be giving
a talk on
keeping on top of your financial future
JULY 2015
Bugg Fix
Bindoon Meats
Bindoon Bakehouse
Peter Birkbeck
Blades Galore
Imprint Plastics
Carol Steele-Butler
LMCA PC and Laptop Service
Website Updates
Visitors Drinks
July BBQ Sausages & meat pack
Hotdog buns July BBQ
Sauces & Margarine July BBQ
Shop Stock
Members Badges
Office Phone/Internet June & July 212.62
Membership fees
Jean-Claude Said
The committee have decided, with the members permission, that we will bring the date
for paying fees forward, as we have become aware that as summer comes to an end, our
earning capacity drops and the fees become hard to find for some of our newer
This will be discussed at the August general meeting.
New Major Raffle
Several years ago, we had a major raffle which was a D&F Mower. Tickets were
sold at the time for $50 each. It proved to be very successful and we are going to
ask the membership if they would like to do a similar thing again. On this occasion,
we would like to have at least 3 prizes with the tickets at around $20 each. We
would obviously need to cover all our costs and hopefully make a small profit for the
Kev’s Tip
The powers that be have informed us that glyphosate
(Roundup) will no longer be for sale at stores like
Bunnings. This will be good news for us, as we will be
the people who can still purchase and apply it. I think
that all herbicides and pesticides will go this way in the
coming years, so if you haven’t got your spray licence,
get it!!
(Always use a licensed spray contractor)
The Shindaiwa blower, kindly donated by Northside Mowers @ $5.00 per
ticket will be drawn at the August meeting!!
Many thanks to Terry from Northside Mowers
Please remember to support our sponsors whenever possible.
See Michael Smilovitis at the door for tickets
For Sale by Graham Bruce
8 x 4 Trailer
Fully rebuilt
Tel: 0407 995 305
Goods & Services Tax (GST)
The facts:
Goods and services tax, often known as GST is a broadbased tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items
sold or consumed in Australia. GST applies to most
Australian businesses and it’s highly likely that your
business will be affected by the tax.
If your business is registered for GST, you’ll have to
collect some extra money (one-eleventh of the sale price)
from your customers and pay it to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when it is
Businesses must register for GST if their turnover (all income including money you
charge a customer for goods supplied) exceeds $75,000 per annum. If your
business will have a turnover of less than this amount there is no requirement to
register for GST.
GST turnover is your business’s gross income, not your business’s profit.
If you haven’t registered for GST, and you become aware that your GST turnover
will exceed the $75, 000 per year threshold, you will have to register for GST within
21 days.
It’s a good idea to check each month to ensure you’re not likely to go over the limit.
If your turnover is below the $75,000, registering for GST is optional.
You may choose to register if your GST turnover is below the $75,000 threshold,
however, this means that once registered, regardless of your turnover, you must
include GST in your fees and claim GST credits for your business purchases.
Tax Invoices:
If you’re registered for GST, your invoice must be a tax invoice. Tax invoices are
different to regular invoices as they include the GST amount for each item along
with some extra details.
Tax invoices must be formatted correctly for you to be able to claim your full tax
Check out the Small business GST concessions on the Australian Business website:
If your GST turnover is below the $75,000 threshold, you will possibly be better off
in a service business such as lawn mowing round if you do not register for GST.
The reality is that a domestic client is only interested in how much money they pay
to have their work carried out, not whether it contains a GST component or not.
Some business clients may have a policy regarding GST so this will need to be
checked with them. Therefore it follows that if a contractor charges $40.00 plus
GST ($44.00) for a job, a non GST registered contractor can also charge $44.00 for
that job and keeps the entire $44.00 rather than paying $4.00 to the Tax Office.
The down side is that you cannot claim back the GST you pay on business purchases. However, because the majority of your income is from your labour charges
you will still be better off. A good lawnmowing round on average has expenses of
about 25% of turnover. Some simple arithmetic will show that, if you charge the
same prices as a GST registered business turning over $55,000 per year, you will
receive $5,000 more income by not having to pay GST, while only losing $1,250 by
not being able to claim back the GST on purchases.
LMCA cannot give you specific advice on financial matters relating to your
business. We encourage you to get appropriate
financial advice before
making a decision in this matter.
The members listed below are ineligible for Sick Work Assistance as per the Constitution.
In order to be eligible for Sick Work Assistance, a member must regularly attend meetings and provide proof that he/she
currently holds Public Liability Insurance cover. The relevant sections of the Constitution are detailed below:
Eligibility for Assistance Rule 20 (a) - A Member must attend at least one general meeting in every three to be eligible for Sick
Work Assistance. A Member who fails to do so is ineligible for Sick Work Assistance.
Public Liability Cover to be maintained Rule 20 (b) - A Member must maintain a Public Liability Insurance Policy with a
minimum cover of five million dollars ($5,000,000) and is required to supply the Administrator or Vice President with a
Certificate of Currency for their Public Liability insurance within 28 days of the renewal date of this policy, stating the renewal
date and the amount insured. A Member who does not comply with this rule, will be unable to perform Sick Work and will be
ineligible for Sick work Assistance.
The form can also be emailed to the office direct from your brokers at your request
Jason Baptist
Wayne Hill
Robert Corrie
Kim Milne
Brad Dale
Craig Petera
Please remember that if you miss 3 or more meetings in a row, you are required to attend
2 consecutive meetings to become eligible for Sick Work Assistance. You will, however, still be
required to do Sick Work for other Members.
The attendance register MUST BE SIGNED at each meeting. This is the only way of confirming that you
were in attendance. This ensures that you are recorded, as being eligible for sick work assistance.
With the membership approval, we will induct the following new members at our August
Full Sick Work Members:
Michael Pedersen, nominated by Terry Butler, trading as ‘Perth Lawn Care.’ Michael’s
areas include Wembley Downs, City Beach & Woodlands.
Neil Stevens, nominated by Terry Butler, trading as ‘Canning Vale Lawn Mowing & Gardening.’ Neil’s areas include Canning Vale, Southern River & Huntingdale.
Peter Callow, nominated by Jean-Claude Said, trading as ‘Lawnforce.’ Peter’s areas
include Greenwood, Duncraig & Kingsley.
Non Sick Work Members:
Robert Hughes, nominated by Terry Butler, trading as TLC Mowing & More.’ Rob is currently living and working in the Bunbury area, and hopes to move to the Perth Metro area
in the near future.
Clayton Anderson, nominated by Terry Butler, trading as ‘Forever Lawn and Garden.’
Clayton’s areas include Gwelup, Carine & Stirling.
2015/16 LMCA Committee Structure & Job Descriptions
2015/16 LMCA General Committee
LMCA Emergency Mowers for Hire
Please note the South mower is currently held with Beacon Equipment!
The LMCA own 2 x 28” lawnmowers which can be hired for $35.00 per day plus a refundable deposit.
The mowers are currently held at the following locations:
SOUTH: Contact Paul Beacon at Beacon Equipment, Canning Vale
Tel: 0438 925 127
NORTH: Contact Terry Willison at Northside Mowers, Balcatta
Tel: 9240 2411
Both Mowers are in perfect condition and ready to go!
For Sale
Lawn Mowing Trailer
8ft x 4.5ft fully enclosed and lockable
Single axle Holden hubs
Racks inside. Full rear ramp
White sides, newly painted and ready for sign writing
Immaculate condition
Reduced to bargain price $2000
Contact Steve Lindsay 0418 912 257
General Meeting Dates
Committee Meeting Dates
Monday 17th August
Monday 24th August
Monday 21st September
(to be held at Midland Mowers)
Monday 28th September
Monday 19th October
Monday 26th October
The General Meetings are held at the Morley Noranda Recreation Club
85 McGilvray Avenue, Noranda
Shop Talk!
Stock up on all your machine needs before summer comes, winter is a great time to
change pull cords, tyres, spark plugs and
edger discs while it’s quiet and gets you ready
for the peak part of the year.
See you at the August meeting.
Reminders from the Office
ALL MEMBERS: Don’t forget to sign the attendance register as it helps
keep your Sick work eligibility up-to-date.
Please note the LMCA no longer has a fax machine.
If you have changed any contact details: phone numbers, addresses and email addresses,
please advise Carol in the office on 9440 1559 / 0400 340 449 (call or SMS) / email:
Looking for work? Are you registered on the LMCA website? If not, please register at
www.lawnmow.com.au and existing members will be sent logon information.
Don’t forget to update your profile at least every 2 months, set a date in your diary!
Your work areas will automatically be removed from the website after a period of 3
months has elapsed. If this has happened to you, please contact Carol. Any logon
problems, please phone Carol for assistance.
(Continued from July newsletter)
To anyone in small business, whatever it is, cash flow is king. All else fails if you cannot pay your
bills because you are not getting paid. Next to pricing a job, arranging payment for your work is
very important. If you do not receive the money as promised, follow-up immediately, better to
lose a job than allow a debt to build up.
Some people just don’t pay bills on time and you really do not want to be working for them. If
you have a customer with a history of bad payment, it will not get better. If you have a customer
who pays cash, think about using your LMCA yellow envelopes from the shop, you just write a
date for the next visit on the envelope, leave it in the mailbox, they put the money in it and leave
it in an agreed place. You take out the money on the next visit, put the next cut date on there and
put it back in the mailbox.
Once your round is up and running, you will, after a while be able to predict future earnings and
plan for the winter. Have all your bills that you know will arrive logged in your diary so you don’t
get caught without any funds. If money is tight and you need repairs doing, don’t run accounts
or ’bank card’ it but ’pay-as-you-go’ to keep a lid on your outgoings.
The main reason for contractors leaving the industry is not being able to manage funds, good
account-keeping is very important, having all of your records on the back of work cards was the
way to go 40 years ago. It was not a good idea then and it is even less so now. Keeping good
financial records is the only way to prove your business is cost effective. You need to record
every cent you receive and spend connected to your business.
To be continued in the next newsletter …….
Do you have any work for sale?
Condensing your round?
Equipment for sale?
If so, please contact Terry Butler : 0431 804 121
We can also advertise your work or equipment for sale on the LMCA website
Just send the details to Terry or Carol
Free listing for members
Load Safety is Road Safety
The safe loading of vehicles is vitally important in preventing injury to people and
damage to property.
Why is load restraint important?
Unrestrained loads such as household goods, building materials and green waste pose a serious danger to
other road users and the public.
It is an offence under WA transport laws if your load is not properly restrained and is at risk of falling from
your vehicle.
Every year, debris falling from unsecured loads causes road closures and disruptions, incurs thousands of
dollars in damages to vehicles and property, and can be a major contributor to serious crashes.
Effects of improperly restrained loads
The collection of debris causes congestion, especially on our freeways.
Objects from vehicles may fall on to other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.
Other drivers swerve to avoid items that are falling or have fallen from vehicles, causing additional
Loads that have spilled onto the road may cause other vehicles to skid and lose control and
Unrestrained loads can become deadly projectiles, crashing into driver and passenger cabins during
emergency braking, causing serious injury and death.
Did you know?
A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load. The same ‘g’ force are acting on both.
Just because a load has been carried in a particular way for many years does not mean it is properly
There is a greater chance of losing a load when braking at low speed than at high speed, as it is easier
for the brakes to ‘grab’ at low speed.
Always remember:
The security of your load, your life and the life of others relies on proper load restraint.
Use a vehicle and suitable restraint equipment appropriate for the type of load you are carrying.
Position the load correctly.
Use good quality restraint equipment, maintained in good condition.
Check your load restraint immediately before leaving and during the trip,
You are driving under different, more difficult conditions when you are carrying certain types of
Failure to restrain a load correctly on a vehicle may result in legal action being taken against any
persons involved, including a fine of up to $1000.
Load restraint should meet the performance standards in the Load Restraint Guide.
The Load Restraint Guide provides drivers with basic safety principles which should be followed for the
safe carriage of loads on road vehicles.
For more information on the guidelines and performance standards for the safe carriage of loads and the
correct method of restraining loads can be found on the National Transport Commission website.
I reckon I’ve found a new pastime ……. :)
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her
trips to K Mart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping
boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my
wife is like most women - she loves to browse & leaves me with endless time to fulfil. Yesterday my dear wife
received the following letter
from the local K Mart: Dear Mrs. Bartels: Over the past
six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behaviour and have
been forced to ban both of you from the store.
Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Bartels, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance
1 . June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't
2. July: Set all the alarm clocks in House wares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in House wares. Get on it right
away." This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her supervisor that in
turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. We don't
have a "Code 3."
4. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on lay by.
5. August 14: Moved a "CAUTION - WET FLOOR" sign to a carpeted area.
6. August 15: Set up a tent in the Camping Department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they
would bring pillows and blankets from the Bedding Department, to which twenty children obliged.
7. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him, he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people
just leave me alone?" EMT's were called.
8. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose .
9. September 10: While handling guns in the Hunting Department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants
were .
10. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the Mission Impossible theme song .
11. October 6: In the Auto Department, he practiced his "Madonna Look" using different sizes of funnels.
12. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
13. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a foetal position and
14. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked, "Where is the fitting room?"
And last, but not least:
15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited a while, and then yelled very loudly, "Hey! There's no
toilet paper in here." One of the clerks passed out.
Article kindly supply by Jean-Claude Said
Winter Sprinkler Ban
A permanent winter sprinkler ban applies to all
scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah
and some parts of the South West, from 1 June to
31 August each year.
Hand held watering and maintenance testing of
bores is still permitted, but anyone using their
sprinklers between June and August risks a $100
fine. Please make sure your customers are aware
of these rules.
A malfunctioning irrigation controller is not an
excuse for not complying with the winter ban, so
advise your customers to check their irrigation systems, especially after a power black-out!
Or better still, is this a service you could offer your customers?
It doesn’t take very long, is not difficult and could earn you some extra cash!!
There are sometimes special circumstances when your customers need to water. For example, if they
are establishing a new lawn or garden, they may apply for an exemption in order for it to become fully
established. New lawn can refer to roll-on lawns, runners, shredded lawn and/or seed.
Both manual and automatic irrigation will qualify for an exemption.
If your customers have been granted a watering exemption between 1st April—30th September, they
are able to water for up to 35 days from the day of planting. The Water Corporation recommend that
they can water their new lawn or garden with 7.5mm of water a day.
A possible watering schedule for this period is:
2 x daily
Before 9am and at 2pm
1 x daily
Before 9am
Every second day
Before 9am
For more detailed information on applying for exemptions, and exemption breaches, refer your
customers to the Water Corporation website or ask them to call the Water Corporation on 13 10 39.
Lawn Mower Equipment & Vehicle Finance
No fuss finance – we come to you!
Low doc options – no need for tax figures or financials.
Finance available from $3,000 upwards
We also arrange Home Loans and commercial property finance.
Contact Stephen Heath
Ph: 6142 6899
Mob: 044 88 99 707
Email: stephenh@wfb.com.au
1 Alvan Street
Subiaco WA 6008
Westminster National Pty Ltd ACN 102 212 671 ABN 66 102 212 671
Trading as Westminster National
Australian Credit Licence 391520
Burr Medic is a trifoliate type lawn weed, with serrated green leaves,
it has long reddish creeping stems, and small groups of pea sized
yellow flowers. It produces prickly burrs, which begin as small green
circular like pods, which later dry out, becoming brown in colour.
Burr Medic can quickly bunch up and spread in garden beds and
lawns. It’s deep tap root encourages it’s survival in conditions which may otherwise be
hostile to lawns.
This weed reproduces by seed alone, so removing the weed before it sets out its seeds
and prickles is the best way to reduce the infestation over the following years.
Burr Medic Confusion
Burr Medic is another of the trifoliate type weeds, meaning its leaves are
grouped together in bunches of three. Other similar trifoliate weeds are
Clover and Oxalis, for anyone outside the industry these three can be easily
confused for each other.
Cultural Management of Burr Medic
The continuing life cycle of Burr Medic can be controlled by regular mowing since its seed
heads and flowers in mature plants mostly exist within mowing height.
Hand pulling is an easy and effective treatment for Burr Medic weeds.
Burr Medic Herbicides
Both Selective and Non Selective Herbicides can be used to easily control Burr Medic.
Autumn Winter Spring
Treatment Times
When evident
Botannical Name
Medicago polymorpha
Life Cycle
Article kindly supplied by thelawnguide.com.au
(We recommend that you use a licensed spray contractor for all your weed spray requirements)
For information on licensing and registration, contact the Department of Health
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