Stopping the spread of garden nasties
As you turn your attention to the garden this summer, keep an eye out for these seven nasties: woolly nightshade, wild ginger, moth plant, mile-a-minute, tutsan, banana passionfruit and mignonette vine.
Virtually all of New Zealand's pest plants began their destructive rampage on our forests, productive land and even our rivers, lakes and coastal waters by escaping from people's gardens.
Checking your own garden for pest plants and keeping a watchful eye for anything potentially exotic or unwanted in your community is a simple, but critical thing you can do to help keep pests at bay.
You'll also be making a ripple for a better environment, so don't forget to record it on the individual ripples page on this website.
If you do find these garden nasties and aren't sure how to get rid of them, visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/plantpests or call our biosecurity team on 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732).