Weeds - Guidance note on the methods that can be used to control harmful weeds (PB7190)

Guidance note on the methods that can be used to control harmful weeds

2002 version.

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Control methods

Use of herbicides

Non-selective herbicide treatment

Selective herbicide treatment

Ragwort control

Ragwort control methods

Spear thistle control methods

Creeping or field thistle control methods

Broad-leaved dock and curled dock control methods


Primary responsibility for weeds control rests with the occupier of the land on which the weeds are growing. However, under the Weeds Act 1959 Defra can take action where there is a risk of injurious weeds spreading from neighbouring land.

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