The second month back after the COVID-19 break started with a session of Trad work near the Eucalypt Rd entrance.
A whipbird, eastern spinebill, and butcher bird passed by to give us encouragement, but there was no sound from the usual bell miners.
After morning tea the group went for a tour of the outer perimeter to check on the deanei plantings and the drainage issues by the highway.
Most of the deanei seemed to be growing strong, although cobblers peg (Bidens pilosa) was growing in abundance. It was also good to see that work had started on resolving the drainage problems up by the highway, which will be of great benefit for the local ecosystem.
The stockpile site was again the focus of the group’s efforts, with a wary eye kept on the gusty winds blowing through the trees.
The tree plantings were checked, watered, and new guards added where necessary. A general clean-up also occurred.
One interesting observation was a gall on a eucalypt leaf, made by some kind of parasite, probably an insect, identified by Liz from Else-Mitchell Park Bushcare Group. More info can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall
Two sites were the focus of the session: the new planting area by Lawson Rd and the more established tree plantings by the Highway.
At Lawson Rd the tasks included watering, fixing old guards and installing new ones. While some plants were suffering from lack of water and the attentions of the hungry swamp wallaby, most appeared to be bouncing back and showing more life. The recent good soaky rains obviously helped.
By the Highway, the young trees were looking green and healthy. However, the wallaby was still trying its hardest to limit their growth, so Monica brought along some fancy new wire guards which should prove robust enough to deter macropod mouths.
A true team effort combined to fashion the wire guards, hammer in the new stakes, and weed and water the trees.
And to top it all off, a “toolbox talk” informed us about glyphosate and its usage.