Weeds are simply plants that are growing in the wrong place, but some of these plants can cause huge environmental problems if left to spread. Often they are plants introduced into New Zealand as garden or house plants, but in our climate they thrive and multiply beyond gardens into the wider environment, becoming a pest. They smother our native plants, killing them as they compete for nutrients, water, sunshine and space. These invasive weeds can seriously affect native animals by altering their habitat, reducing food sources and breeding sites. They can also choke up our waterways affecting native plant and fish life.
This page will help you to identify some of the most common weeds in your backyard and teach you how to get out alone or with your whānau to help protect your local environment. The following pages will give you step by step details on how to help, including downloadable guides and video tutorials. Just click the pictures below to find out more about each weed and how to rid your garden of it.
Not sure if it’s a weed or not? Please always be sure that what you are removing is an invasive weed. If you’re having trouble with identification, then post it on inaturalist NZ, a great site that is sure to help you with your plant id. Have a weed that’s not on our list? Check out Weedbusters for an amazing resource on weed id and removal.