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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

Overnight stay.

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW,,,,,,,,, THAT THE GUIDES HAVE PLANNED TO DO leading up to April 8/9th 2010..

  1. Over night stay  starts 1pm on the 8th and finishes 1pm on the 9th April 2010.
  2. The Hazelwood South Hall is at  790 Tramway Road, Churchill.
  3. Cost: $200.00 per participant.
  4. Theme: Food and Exploration of the Four World Centers.
  5. Participate in the pre-camp /over night activities where able in a District, Unit or Patrol Activity situation.
  6. Overnight stay colors organised.
  7. The overall Program is comleted.
  8. Sleeping accomadation:  Self standing tents …erected inside the Hazelwood South Hall. District owns these tents.
  9. Kit list  to be printed out for next week. Guides to get used to packing their own bag please.
  10. Each Guides own camp teddy not to be any bigger than the width of her hand.  Space on/in her kit bag is at a primium.
  11. Guides have worked out the duty rosters.
  12. Menu has been organised.
  13. First aid kit has been sorted out.
  14. Program been organised (yes) and is full of potential activities.
  15. Guides Promise to be made
  16. Older Patrol to meet at Churchill Shopping center for Quarter Master shopping list requirements.
  17. The Objectives of the Food and Four World Centers Overnight Stay.
  18. The Evaluation of the Food and Four World Centers Overnight stay.
  19. Evaluation of the Hazelwood South Hall
  20. The outcomes of the Food and Four World Centers overnight stay.

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