What this does highlight is the dangers of this noxious weed and the way in which it’s spread throughout parts of Queensland & NSW - especially during the dry times when all other grasses and groundcover are eaten out.

Like a lot of weeds, the most challenging thing about eradicating lantana is its ability to withstand and survive through dry conditions, distributing seeds which will lay dormant until it rains. This is why it is imperative for landholders and local council authorities to continue treating and removing this noxious weed from rural environments.

We recently put together some information on eradicating lantana and this can be found ​here​. However, we have summarised this information in order to remind our customers of the importance of being vigilant when it comes to controlling lantana. There are 14 different varieties of lantana. 11 of those are poisonous to livestock, particularly livestock that have had no previous exposure to this noxious weed.

Lantana spreads rapidly under any and all conditions along the east of the Great Dividing Range. The earlier lantana is treated with chemicals specific to woody weeds, the more effective the control results are. The lantana plant regularly out-competes pasture and other grasses in affected areas. ​Lantana has certain characteristics that make it very tricky to eradicate. It has very dense, impenetrable thickets that can take over land and pastures rapidly if not treated and monitored regularly.

Lantana seed germinates most frequently following the first summer storms but may occur at any time of the year when sufficient moisture is present. Initial seedling growth is slow until the roots become established, after which close stems intertwine and begin to form thickets. Flowering does not usually commence until early in the following summer and then continues until March or April. Lantana can resprout from the base even if the shoot dies, extending the life of the plant.

Seeds can remain viable for several years under natural conditions. Lantana can also release a natural chemical into the surrounding soil which prevents germination and competition from some other plant species.

Herbicides are one of the most effective ways to control lantana and there are many to choose from.

Herbicides are absorbed into the sap system through contact with the leaves and roots of the lantana plant. Spraying the foliage is a common method of application. To support the efficacy of the herbicide, ​Specialist Sales​ also recommend a good ​penetrant​ be used in conjunction with the herbicide to help force it into the plant. Lantana leaves are hairy and rough, and herbicide contact can be less effective without a penetrant supporting the herbicide to stick to the leaves.

Specialist Sales​ sells a number of branded and generic, selective and non-selective herbicides that treat lantana for each specific application method. Some of these herbicides include ​Grazon Extra​, ​Glyphosate​, ​Tordon 75-D​, ​Lantana 600​, ​Starane (Fluroxypyr)​, ​24D 625​, ​Affray​, ​Hotshot​, Access​, ​Vigilant Gel​ and ​Garlon (Triclopyr).​

Of course, our ​Specialist Sales​ team is always available to talk with customers about the most effective way to eradicate Lantana on their property, and we guarantee if we can’t save you money, we don’t deserve your business.