In this video we’re going to show you how to do the technique of cut and paint. This method is a quick and effective way of treating some vines and shrubs, especially in hard to access areas. Before you start, check the weather forecast and make sure these is no rain predicted for the day and put the children and the pets safely away. Also make sure the plants that you’re treating are actively growing and they haven’t been stressed by drought. Before you start make sure you read the label to make sure you have the right safety gear. For this job, you’ll need to make sure you’re wearing your hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants and covered footwear. Before mixing the herbicide you will need to make sure you have an impervious apron, some chemical resistant gloves, a face mask and a face shield. The equipment you’ll need for this technique is a machete or cane knife, a saw or a pair of secateurs, a measuring container and a container to put the mixed product in, a small brush and some herbicide. To find out what herbicide to use, you’ll need to read the off label permit. You can find the link to this permit on Council’s online weed ID tool website. Estimate the amount of mixture you’ll need. Be conservative. You can always mix more if you need to. With the required amount of water in your jug, pour the herbicide into the mixture. Ensure the herbicide and water are mixed and you’re ready to go. The intention of this method is to apply the herbicide to the actively growing plant sapwood. The herbicide will move through the plant into its roots and effectively kill it. Using the saw, machete, or in this case secateurs, cut the plant at the most 150 millimetres above the ground. To ensure success of this method, it’s important you immediately apply the herbicide to the base of the stump. Last, but not least, it’s time for the clean up. You need to dispose of excess herbicide in a pit. Your disposal pit must be 50 metres away from a watercourse, avoid water logged areas and be inaccessible to children or pets. The reason for using a disposal pit is to allow the herbicide to broken down using the soil’s natural micro-organisms. The size of the hole will depend on the amount of herbicide left over and the rinsings of the equipment that you need to dispose of. Incorporate some of the lime with the soil in the bottom of the hole. Then cover the bottom of the hole with about a centimetre of lime. Wearing all your protective gear, carefully pour the herbicide into the hole. Any containers or equipment used need to be triple rinsed and the rinsings added to the pit. Cover the hole with at least 150 millimetres of dirt. And then mark the spot. And you’re done. This video is only one of several weed control methods available. To see the remaining methods head to Brisbane City Council’s website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.