Planned activities: Monitoring our previous plantings, watering if needed, and fixing up tree guards; recording where weeds are so we can do later follow up work; we'll do some more erosion control work if we get materials in time.
Please wear suitable clothes and sturdy footwear, a sense of humour, and bring water.
Last month: For our June activity the lovely ranger brought us lots of straw bales and star pickets, and we fixed them in to a badly eroded gully we have started working on. The bales will slow down any water flowing down the gully, as well as catching soil and sediment, and give plant seeds more chance to germinate and grow. Plants help to hold the soil in place, so that muddy water and plant nutrients don't flow out into the Murrumbidgee River and cause various problems. Eventually we hope to repair the gully enough that it will slowly fill in, water will move more slowly downhill and soak into the surrounding landscape, and the trees and shrubs in the area will get to use more water before it flows away.
The plants we planted around the gully last year are growing well and have a great survival rate, especially the 2 Grevillia species, the tea-trees and the wattles. We watered plants, checked to make sure plant guards were well in place, and pulled up weeds and grasses that were threatening to overrun them before they grow tall enough to cope. We also removed stakes and guards from bigger plants that were planted in previous years so we can use them in future.
For more information about the POSM group, see the Parkcarers of Southern Murrumbidgee page.
Hope to see you all on the 27th July.
Future activities are planned for the following dates in 2013:
August 24, September 21, October 19, November 23, December 14.