Beginnings of Mullum Mullum Creek Trail. Re-vegetation (between Oban and Kalinda Roads).
My opening line for this blog is “I love our land, unique flora and fauna”. And with that comes responsible care ensuring surviving bush remnants are maintained for everyone’s enjoyment.
As a local resident I often walk the nature trail. Enjoying the bush environment in crazy suburbia is a great space to tune out and breathe some fresh air.
The area between Oban and Kalinda Roads seemed sad and in need for a good tidy up. I decided to put my ideas before Maroondah City Council and volunteer to bring life back along this section of the trail. From August 2017 I’ve tackled micro areas by weeding and mulching in preparation for planting in a few months’ time. Planting in our intense heat is not ideal; best to wait for Autumn.
The weeding is hard work and quite intense. Onion weed is a curse, they multiply in producing bulblets and the only way to remove them is by carefully digging the area and remove by hand. This method is practical and effective, slow and labour intense. Unfortunately, onion weed has settled in. On a few occasions I remember a local cyclist riding past saying to me “you can eat that”, yes, he’s right. In open public spaces where areas are chemically sprayed it’s not advisable to pick and eat.
No way! I must admit he’s quite a character.
The first 6 images BEFORE works
Below AFTER photos -
areas mulched ready for planting
Pollinators, community, everyone wins.
As I complete the individual sites you can begin to see transformation taking place. Although the areas are individual, they are beginning to connect with each other quite nicely.
In the coming months we’ll be planting out indigenous plants of varying colours, textures, shape and sizes welcoming native pollinators. By expanding the micro areas we’re providing a pleasing ambience for residents to enjoy a neat and safe area. The plants will represent a selection showcasing diversity within our community, hopefully encouraging residents to grow similar plants in their garden.
Plants bind the soil encouraging good soil health making it more friable rather than rock hard. Then our invisible workers being soil microbes, worms and other underground critters keep order beneath our feet. They feed on plant roots and other debris.
I must thank residents that are stopping to chat and encourage me as I work. After all, its about community and connecting spaces. Everyone wins.