Working Party @ The Fair (17/11/2019)

Mulching at The Fair (S. Bittinger)

Join the Friends of Mt Majura (FoMM) work party on the morning of Sunday 17th November and help to mulch, water, weed and place debris at the FoMM’s project site in the nature reserve east of The Fair.

Give as much time as you like, choose your favourite activity, learn about the project and enjoy the view of little woodland birds flitting among the shrubs and trees planted by volunteers over the past years.

Morning tea and equipment will be provided by us.

When: Sunday 17th November 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Nature reserve east of The Fair, North Watson; access and volunteer registration at park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets; view this map.

Bring: Sun protection, drinking water garden gloves if you have them and wear sturdy shoes.


View of the northern part of The Fair project in winter 2019 (S. Bittinger)

Mulching is an effective rehabilitation measure that improves the survival of plants and the general health of a site heavily degraded by weeds, soil compaction, overgrazing and erosion.

Woody debris placed around young plants limits access of kangaroos and reduces grazing pressure.

Wood chip mulch placed in “doughnut fashion” around young plants helps to suppress weeds, reduces evaporation and retains soil moisture.

Coarse debris and a layer of wood chips across bare ground minimise erosion reduces evaporation, creates a microclimate, conditions the soil and provides habitat for birds, reptiles and little critters.


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