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Drought proofing the area around you

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Not only have we tried these garden tips on our own garden areas but we have asked around of the older residence of this land. The tips that we have used have definitely  helped in the care and maintenance of the outside areas the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District are responsible for  making the areas look better while withstand the heat of summer and the frost of winter. Now we are adding to the list as we discover and use more suggestions.

Mainly the concentration has been on the  ‘How to help your garden withstand dry spells’ as the area has been experiencing drought.  When there is rain the area tends to get wet and tries to revert back to the swamp like land it used to be.

  • Plant a tree to shade the garden; this stops soil from drying out.
  • Plant a windbreak.
  • Use water storage crystals.
  • Use a soil wetter.
  • Never leave the soil bare – always mulch to prevent weeds as they use valuable water.
  • Plant a ground cover to protect the soil.
  • Plant and water during the coolest part of the day – early morning or evening.
  • Select drought-tolerant species native to the area.
  • Reduce lawn area with the planting of more shrubs along boarder areas.
  • Mow less frequently. The longer the grass, the slower it will dry out.
  • Place lawn clippings over the garden area as a decomosting mulch.  Cover with tan bark.
  • Let your lawn brown over summer. A brown lawn will almost always recover with the first decent rain. Feed your lawn after rain.
  • Avoid having grass compete for nutrients and water around the trunks of trees and shrubs.
  • Mulch after rain to maximise water retention and inhibit weed growth.
  • Collect fallen leaves to use as mulch..
  • Top up your mulch at least once a year.
  • Leave lawn clippings on the lawn after mowing; this puts nutrients back into the lawn. It won’t promote thatch, as thatch is the build-up of stems, not clippings.
  • Recycle as much as possible.
  • Training Guides to be eco-friendly with their diversity is an ongoing objective.

There are things that we would like to obtain but these are currently on a wish list while we do not have the access any of the  finances needed. Also limitations are placed upon us with lease requirements.

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May 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

You can do it.

If you can imagine, you can achieve it.

If you can dream it, you can become it.

What ever you can do, or dream, you can begin it.

Goethe.  Smoke Signal Newsletter of the Baw Baw Outdoor Activities Committee Term 1 2008 p 1

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Following a different route to…

Some very important decissions to be made each time the planning of the Rac Wac (Race around Churchill, Walk around Churchill) is underway is:

a) Where is the starting point,

b) What is the destination

c) Time of day to start, d) theme of day,

e) Mode of transport available (feet or wheels?)

f) Family event, district event or just Guides and Leaders?

g) What are the Occupational, Health and Safety requirements,

h) Is each patrol following a different route to an appropriate destination ( accompanied by an adult with first aid kit and a car) or are the whole lot going together to the end destination?

i) Costs involved?

j) What are the S.W.O.T. things to consider?

K) Menu and allergies to foods.

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