Drought & Wind Shape a Garden

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Drought & Wind Shape a Garden

Twenty months ago we were visited by an SA government ecologist who enlisted our cooperation in his research on woodland birds on the eastern side of the Mt Lofty Ranges. During his research the ecologist made the comment that in our revegetation work our plantings were too close & that it would have been more authentic had we planted a more open woodland. Food for thought, I thought, in case we undertake a similar project in the future. 

Twenty months later we seem to be well on the way to achieving a more open woodland by doing absolutely nothing. Drought has killed or hugely stressed a number of the exotic native & non-native species planted by the previous owners. These include Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus, Athel Pine Tamarix aphylla & Coastal Tea Tree Leptospermum laevigatum. As well, a number of closely regenerated Drooping She-oaks Allocasuarina verticillata a local tree, have died leaving more open populations of this species. Strong winds have also played their part in bringing down a number of both local & exotic species. 

Nature, with perhaps help from climate change, seems to be correcting our mistakes. 

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Sounds like the ecologist should come back to see the final result. Nature wins out.

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