Action: Water primrose: Use of mats placed on the bottom of the water body
- No evidence was found for use of mats placed on the bottom of a water body to control water primrose.
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Use of mats placed on the bottom of a water body may provide a mechanism for control of small localised populations of water primrose Ludwigia spp. A study reported a successful attempt to eradicate a different species, swamp stonecrop Crassula helmsii, from small localised areas using mats comprising of black plastic sheeting (Leach & Dawson 1999).
Leach, J. & Dawson, H. (1999) Crassula helmsii in the British Isles – an unwelcome invader. British Wildlife, 10, 234-239.