Restoration by the community for the community.
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Co ordinators are Rex Bushell 854-0973 and Rod Lugton 855-9966 .
Saturday, February 18, 2017
New Area being cleared
Cabbage Tree Seedlings before clearing
There is quite an extensive area south of the pond and east
of the stream on the wet gully floor that a house owner who lived on the gully
had cleared of willows and done some sparse planting. They sold their house and
moved from the area about two years ago. This area has since been overrun with
the swamp grass Glyceria maxima putting
considerable pressure on the existing plantings of natives. We decided to put
together a rescue package that would control the Glyceria and return the area to native flora suitable for the swamp
in wet sunny conditions. We have found that by thick planting Manuka at one
metre spacing we can shade out the Glyceria.
It becomes very weak in the shade. We then under plant the Manuka with
shade tolerant natives which will eventually grow up through the Manuka
restoring the area to a good native wetland mix.
and after clearing
We are at the stage where we have cut down the Glyceria, freeing the existing native
plants, some of which were bent in two, and will bring the Glyceria under temporary control by spraying with glyphosate (you
may know it as Round Up). This looks as though it kills it but does not have a
permanent kill and soon comes away again. The next challenge will be to get
enough Manuka plants for the area. In reality we will probably have to do in it
blocks over a number of seasons.