Bracken Control: A Guide to Best Practice (SNH)

STAGE 4 - MONITORING AND FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT

USUALLY A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CONTROL METHODS WILL BE APPLICABLE DURING RHW TERM OF THE PROGRAMME. MONITORING WILL BE REQUIRED TO ASSESS WHICH FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT IS MOST APPROPRIATE.

  • Plan for follow-up treatment in subsequent years. Any single primary chemical or mechanical treatment will not eradicate bracken and in the absence of follow-up treatments bracken will quickly recover (often within 5 years) and all the benefits of primary treatment will be lost.
  • Patchy growth of bracken fronds following primary treatment requires a spot-treatment approach in July/August over several years. Use of an ATV fitted with wiping gear (or suitable spray lances for less accessible sites) is the best practice. Final eradication is usually achieved on-foot, treating the last remaining fronds using a spot gun.

 

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