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Maude & District Landcare Group

The next meeting of the Landcare group is to be held on Thursday, 1st October at the Maude Tennis Pavilion at 7.30pm – daylight saving time.

The planting at Spiller’s Bridge seems to be going well. The shrubs and grasses look happy and healthy, but the test will be when the warmer weather comes. A small patch of onion weed, Asphodelus fistulosus has been removed – if only we could say the same for the oxalis! 

This onion weed is not to be confused with the very familiar onion grass, the small, pink/purple flowering grass which our mowers find so hard to handle. Onion weed is a lily-like plant to about 60cm with long rounded leaves but no onion smell. It has no bulb and is quite easy to remove. The flower buds are pinkish, opening to a white to pale pink flower with six petals. It is sometimes seen on roadsides and should be removed as soon as possible. 

As yet there is no further news about the planned release of the K9 strain of Calicivirus early next year. We are going ahead with our plans for the poisoning campaign next February as usual. The dates are February 5th, 8th and 11th 2016. Further information regarding the campaign will be available in the coming editions of the Newsletter and our usual flyer in January.

Serrated tussock will be starting to flower very soon. Please note that all landholders are required to remove this weed from all your land. There are some bad infestations showing up in our landcare area, and we plead with everyone to do the right thing and spray, spot spray or dig out every plant you can find. Everyone knows what an awful job it is, but it has to be done, so please don’t put it off.

Funding opportunities are becoming available for protection and enhancement of riparian areas on the Moorabool River and Sutherlands creek. Grants for indigenous plantings will also be available. Please see article elsewhere in this edition.