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Geelong Landcare Network

Moorabool River info session – 12th April
A number of landcare groups and other community groups have concerns about the future of the Moorabool River and have organised an information session on this topic. All welcome. 7pm Tues 12th April, Meredith Memorial Hall. See ad in this issue for more details.

How to identify and how to manage Serrated Tussock, Chilean Needle Grass & other needle grass weeds – 20th April
Free info session 6pm Weds 20th April at Barrabool Cricket Club Rooms, 20 Cochranes Road, Ceres. All welcome. 

Includes free BBQ dinner. RSVP to Elissa (contact details below) by 15th April. 

Topics include: efficient ways to manage noxious weeds; the results of local trials into managing Chilean Needle Grass; the role of local & state government; how to confidently distinguish between different weeds and native grasses.

Designing and managing your horse property – 17th May
Free info session 7pm Tues 17th May, Marcus Oldham College, Waurn Ponds.

International expert Alayne Bickle. All wecome. 

RSVP to Karen O’Keefe on 0409 559 482 or

Re-using old tree guards
A big thanks to the Baylis family for donating a few thousand tree guards for future landcare projects, and to Michael Cusick for helping to transport the guards. The guards were used by the Baylis family over a number of years to protect about 20,000 trees they planted on their Murgheboluc property along a creek and an escarpment to mitigate against erosion, improve biodiversity and shelter for crops and livestock. 

If you’re doing more than one stint of tree planting, it can be well worth the time and effort to remove and re-use tree guards. Plastic guards with wire or hardwood stakes can cost 3 times as much as the actual seedling, so re-using them is a significant cost reduction. As an added virtue, you are minimising the total amount of plastic in the environment and improving the look of the plantation. 

Tree guards are ready to be removed when the plants have grown 2-3 times the height of the tree guard. If you have tree guards due be removed in coming months and you’d like some help, we may be able to help – please get in touch.

Elissa Ashton-Smith, Facilitator, Geelong Landcare Network
23 High St, Inverleigh

Ph 0438 525 502