Whose responsibility is pom-pom? Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 March 2016 07:28
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A Rietfontein resident writes:
I am writing in response to the ongoing articles on the pom-pom saga in recent and past Bronbergers.

Whose responsibility is it? I have over the past 30 years watched this scourge grow within the Pretoria grasslands. First in the open veld opposite the Eeufees Road south by the Voortrekker Monument [south]. Then starting to make an impact in Rietvlei Reserve and the grounds of the Department of Intelligence along the R50. 

Slowly it crept towards the agricultural holdings and is now taking root within the properties, municipal properties as well as along the road verges. Thank you to some Maplotters for trying their level best to get rid of this pest within their properties. However, some just cut the plants down once they are blooming and then leave the residue to dry and the wind and rain spread the millions of seeds. 

The flowers dry and turn into seeds. The road verges along the tarred roads get the same treatment when the municipality cut them down at the corners and some along the road verges.

Each year the plants multiply and it is impossible to keep one's property clear of these plants. It is also very expensive should you go the herbicide route and dig out the plants and their entire root systems. Mission impossible?

I would like to appeal to those who are eradicating this plant to get rid of the seeds, blooms and plants in a manner that does not spread them. Don’t just cut them down and allow the blooms to dry and spread their seeds. Inform your workers who do the eradicating that all residue should be gotten rid of in an environmentally friendly manner. 

What are the municipality, parks and government departments doing to rid the grasslands of this pest, especially where it has taken hold and vast areas of the lilac blooms can be seen from January onwards?

Using herbicides will get rid of the plants but what happens to the blooms and ripened seeds?

I am sure articles towards the end of each year would help to bring this pest to the attention of the authorities as well as residents and property owners of vacant land: How to eradicate them permanently; not for the short term by cutting them down and leaving them to dry, thereby spreading the seed.


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