Devil’s Rope cactus Trial Site

TMC enviro are currently developing a management plan for a trail site near Ouyen, in northern Victoria. The 1ha site is heavily infested with Devils Rope, an invasive cactus species which can grow to 3m tall.

The existing infestation, which measures up to approximately 3m high in some patches, has been spreading into surrounding vegetation, despite efforts to control existing plants and new infestations over the past few years.

TMC enviro are currently proposing a holistic approach to the control of Devils Rope in the form of using ground staff to lop limbs off using pole-saws and feeding the limbs into a high speed chipper. Upmost care will be taken by ground staff to pick up any fragments to prevent further spread of the cactus. A follow-up herbicide treatment will be undertaken to control any new growth.