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Maude & District Landcare Group

The Maude Landcare Group has been very fortunate to have help from the Green Army recently. This group is a little similar to Greencorps. Small groups of younger people work with a supervisor on local landcare projects, learning about the environment as they go.

They do a great job tackling woody weeds like boxthorn and gorse, fencing, spraying and planting, and can get an amazing amount done in a short time.

Areas where the Green Army worked include the Sutherlands Creek School Reserve and Moorabool River crossing at Russell’s Bridge. If time permits, we hope they can also do some work at our Perdrisat Road project at Spiller’s Bridge.

A further working bee at our Perdrisat Road site saw the second table and seats installed. A good stream of water continues to flow down the river, and on a recent visit to the site a platypus was seen just below the bridge.

The trees planted earlier have had a very pleasing survival rate, considering the very long, dry and hot summer. There have been a few fall victim to wallabies, but overall results are good. There are plans afoot to spray the young trees with a product known to protect them from rabbits, hares and wallabies – we will keep you posted.

One of the most difficult weeds to control in the garden and on farms and roadsides is oxalis or soursob. This year it is particularly bad and, along with capeweed, is responsible for the yellow carpet everywhere trying to outdo the flowering canola crops. Oxalis is high in oxalic acid, and can be responsible for deaths in livestock. It is hard to control because of the many bulbs which form under the ground. Spraying at flowering time seems to be the most effective control.

 The next meeting of the Landcare Group will be held at the Maude Tennis Pavilion on Thursday, October 20th at 8pm. This will be the annual meeting, so we hope for a good attendance. The following meeting will be held on 15th December. 

Preliminary information about the 2017 Rabbit Poisoning campaign will be available after the next meeting, and will be included in the November and December Newsletters.