A fast-growing tumbleweed known as 'hairy panic' took over a street in the Victorian rural town of Wangaratta on Wednesday (February 17) with homes clogged by the weed and frustrated residents complaining of the clean-up time.
As winds pick up, the wild tumbleweed has covered properties, gardens and garages.
"We've got a table and eight chairs, and a day bed and probably a few plants," said resident Pam Twitchett regarding the weed that has covered her patio.
"I spent eight hours yesterday cleaning out the tumbleweed. And this is what I've got today," added resident Cheryl Lengrand.
Local media reported that the tumbleweed has been around for a couple of years, but the dry conditions have made this summer the worst.
"It is frustrating, you know that you've got a good couple of hours work ahead of you and that's always, yes, sort of displeasing," said resident Jason Perna.
Residents suspect that the tumbleweed is coming from a nearby field that a farmer has failed to maintain, local media reported.
The local council has refused to help homeowners with the cleanup as the weeds are not considered a fire risk, so residents have been forced to clear it up themselves, local media reported.