Environmental Weeds - How seriously do we take this label?

Discussion in 'Planting, growing, nurturing Plants' started by Marika, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. Marika

    Marika Junior Member

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    I was going to plant some Tagasaste at my fathers place at Glenbourne, to help him out with his cattle & land.
    I have just found out that Tagasaste is considered an environmental weed in that area (Yarra Ranges, VIC)

    Any idea's on how seriously I should take this 'label' put on this wonder plant. Perhaps I should read a few books like Ferral Future & the same authors other more positive book on the same issue of enviro "weeds"( can't remember title).

    This probably won't b the only time this issue will come up when it comes down to plant selection.

    I would appreciate any advice on what to do
     
  2. Jeff Nugent

    Jeff Nugent Junior Member

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    Marika, tagasaste like most pioneers finds it's way into damaged landscapes. It is a coloniser of such areas, creating sheltered conditions for the succession forest.
    If the area in question has been badly damaged then it will have a good chance of getting away but in my opinion should be classed as an environmental hero. On the other hand if the area in question is an area that only ever supported small shrub-like plants then the tagasaste could crowd it out and be regarded as an environmental weed.
    Either way, tagasaste is here to stay. Might as well clasify it as a new Australian just like aboriginals, dingoes, rabbits, foxes, pigs, cane toads, kikuyu grass, etc.
    All of the planet's life-forms try to spread themselves as widely as they can.
    Why do we label them as un-natural if they ride on human backs? ???
     
  3. d_donahoo

    d_donahoo Junior Member

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    marika -

    i'd say go for it. again - yarra ranges - like many of those semi-rural council's i.e. Nillumbik take a very purist approach to their 'natural' environments.

    what is of most importance is a well managed environment.

    if you have concerns about being tracked down and questioned by the local environmental officer - i'd write up an environmental management plan for your grandfather's farm. you could expalin the benefits of what you intend to plant, how you intend to manage it, throw in permaculture principles and reference books and csiro documents that discuss the benefits of tree lucerne (i write that cause i always mispell tagasaste).

    weeds are as beneficial as we make them. and only become and issue if not managed as part of an entire ecosystem. ####, tap into jeff and keep asking him questions. there is someone who can really provide expert advice and opinions.

    best of luck - good to see the enthusiasm has a place to be used out at Glenbourne.

    dan
     
  4. junglerikki

    junglerikki Junior Member

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    Thank u 4 replying, I am now logged in as Jungle rikki. I agree with Tagasaste.
     

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