G'day new member from Victoria

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  1. Krankieone

    Krankieone Junior Member

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    G'day,

    I came across this board while searching for some information on tree lucerne and there looks to be a lot of usefull information here.

    My wife & I bought a run down 45 acre property a few miles from Kilmore and are slowly trying to fix it up as time & money allow we are currently running a handfull of sheep but plan to have chooks ,sort out the orchard , plant out a decent sized vege patch etc,etc

    Does anyone know a cost effective method of removing bracken fern from pasture the 2 sugestions I've had dont exite me too much

    1. apply 1000kg /acre lime (have aprox 15 acres to treat so expensive)

    2. spray with round-up/brush off mixture (fairly toxic cocktail I'm not too sure I want to go there)
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    Howdy, Kilmore is a lovely place. I don't know much about getting rid of bracken, being new to all this myself, really. But would a couple of goats help? Anyway, welcome to the board. Someone will know, that's for sure. T
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    welcome :)

    I THINK Goats eat Bracken.
    A moveable chook pen?
    Chicken manure

    Is there any other use for it?
    Can you sell it to the flower markets?

    https://www.anbg.gov.au/apu/plants/pterescu.html

    https://home.vtown.com.au/~dbellamy/native/bracken.html
    Other bracken uses at that site too- worth a read.
    links to a number of interesting plants.
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    Hi Krankie,
    Welcome... I'm a new-typeface on the block too!
    My first thought was a goat, even though I'm not entirely sure that they eat bracken?... worth having a look into.
    MichaelAngelica... great links thanks!
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    The last owner had several milking goats and they didn't clear it out .I believe they will eat it as a last resort but not by preferance
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    Hi Krankie,
    My first thought was why does the bracken fern like growing there? Is it soil PH , moisture , sunlight? I'm assuming you want the pasture for sheep so maybe you can find a type of grass that the sheep like, and will grow well in your conditions. You might be able to find a pasture seed mix that will out-compete the fern, just be careful about introducing invasive species. Mollison talks about pioneer species that are the first to take over a disturbed area in advance of other plants, so maybe when your pasture was created, the grass introduced wasn't appropriate for the climate and the fern moved in. Or maybe the fern has always been there. I'm rambling,---good luck. We don't have bracken fern here, so our goats have never tried it. We have heard that they should not have access to it in the fiddle-neck stage. Something about the toxins. cheers rc

    Thanks for the great info Michaelangelica.
     
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    Braken fern likes acid soils the only way I can think of raising th PH is to add lime to the soil is there another?
     
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    Dolomite is the Organic equivalent. Not quite as effective or dangerous as lime. You would use more dolomite than you would use lime.
    From memory. I think Iron sulphate helps too.
     
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    Re: G'day new member from Victoria

    Why do you want to get rid of it??? Work with the prevailing conditions and design a system that is suitable to what you have, perhaps sheep grazing is not the most appropriate land use.
     
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    I ran the slasher through a couple of acres in autum and again in spring to give the grass a chance but it still comes back fairly quickly on a brighter note heres some of our new additions

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