New growth appearing

We were fortunate that the bushfires didn’t reach Metung but the hot weather did a bit of damage to our gardens here.  Many plants suffered in the heat, even the Australian native plants and we lost a few of our less well established plants to the heat.  One of the plants that we thought had died was a banksia which we had planted in the new garden beds I created back in August last year out the front of the house.

The banksia’s leaves are generally leathery and after the hot days they were crisp.

We thought it was dead but I have continued to hand water the plants as we are now on water restrictions.  I was delighted to see that the plant is still alive and there are many new shoots.  Hopefully it will put on a spurt of growth as we have had a little rain today.

Do you know what this tree is?

When we were recently in Traralgon we went for a walk through Victory Park.  We noticed this beautiful tree in bloom and none of us knew what type of tree it was.  Can you help me out with a name?

The blossom reminded me a little of wild clematis but this is a tree not a climber.

Work in the citrus orchard

Our citrus orchard hasn’t had a renewed mulch cover for a few years and it was looking very sad.  It has been incredibly dry here for quite some time now so it was definitely time to remulch the orchard.  My husband got a load of eucalyptus fines in the back of the ute and we spent the afternoon unloading and spreading the mulch. (good exercise)

You can see how desperately it needed the new mulch.  We had enough in one load to cover about 2/3 of the orchard so we got another load the next day to finish it off and to use on some other beds in the garden.

The orchard looks much better now.

 

An update on my gardening work.

I tried to make sure I took photos of the front garden before I started work on constructing the new beds which I was making to eliminate the poor front lawn.  This is how it looked before I started work.

You can see how the moss has taken over.

I marked out the beds and then spent so much time digging and weeding.  I was grateful of the help provided by family when they were visiting.

The beds were eventually finished and I then had to top them up with topsoil and mulch.

Before and after.

The plantings are mainly Australian natives so they should do well.  We just need to make sure we keep the water up to them until they get established.  Once the plants get a bit of growth on the garden will fill out.

Some remedial work in the garden

We have a problem with moss on the so called lawn in our garden and my husband has tried to get rid of the moss but with no success so we have decided to get rid of the lawn instead.This photo gives you an idea of how poor the lawn is so we are making garden beds with pathways instead.

I started out by extending the original beds slightly

and then putting a couple of beds in the middle of the lawn.

I have only cut out the shapes and haven’t done the digging yet on this side of the garden.

This is the other side of the front garden before I started work.

I have managed to get a bit more done on this side. This is it marked out ready for digging.It is tough going as the soil is compacted and full of couch grass roots and moss.  Good exercise for me.

This is what garden websites have to say about couch grass which doesn’t get enough sun or water.

Couch lawn, however, can become straggly, form bare patches and look very poor if it does not receive enough water or nutrients (fertiliser), or is growing in the shade, which is too heavy for the lawn to tolerate.

Couch is also an invasive grass. It will require garden edging to ensure that it doesn’t begin to grow into and overtake garden beds. This is easily done through regular garden maintenance by pulling out any runners which have crept into the garden. It’s when we do not do this regular maintenance that we can begin to find Couch that may have grown excessively into our shrubs and bushes.”

One bed done, three to go.  The pathways will be done in eucalyptus chip so the finished result should be less maintenance for us.  We have ordered soil to top up the beds so they are raised above the level of the pathway.