tree planting

gateIt may have been hot and humid, but yesterday morning the kids and I planted 7 more rainforest trees. We have a long-range plan to do our best to reforest some of the cleared areas on Christopher’s 8,000 sq.m. and our neighbouring 12,000 sq.m.  Now that we have finished school,  I roped the kids in and Catherine felt the strain, but she proudly showed her mother what she had helped to plant when she returned from work in the evening.

I am gradually putting in primary (canopy) species in the hope that they will supply the needed shade for the secondary and groundcover rainforest species to make a reappearance (many of these are still lurking beneath the surface just waiting for their chance to reassert themselves, and some we will have to supply).  There are still lots of trees here, and some wonderful old-growth forest, but there have been too many areas that have been cleared of native forest to grow grass (and dandelions, cobblers-pegs, wandering Jew, fishbone ferns, etc…)  

Over the past few weeks, I have bought 40 canopy trees in ‘forest tubes’ – 20 Red Cedars and 20 Tulip Satinwoods and planted 18 of them. My goal is to plant a tree each morning before the family awakes and needs my attention. This is easier to do now that school is over. 

Planting and establishing trees, even in this relatively moist climate, is a bigger job than I had realised. First there is the planning phase – trickier than you might think, and the actual planting is just one small phase in a several-year process of nurture and development.

Anyway, our feeling is that we are here to stay, so a long range plan now feels like the right thing. Now, if only this city boy could just find some helpers with green thumbs who will work for beer!


~ by Garry on December 13, 2008.

3 Responses to “tree planting”

  1. Bit far to come each morning to plant a tree, but we would work for beer (or a cuppa) if we lived round the corner.
    Your plan sounds very commendable. You are greening Australia.

  2. GWL.

    Over the years I have no doubt you and the family will benefit from your re-afforestation plan. Rain forest type re-growth is great, but, the down side for anyone living too close to such re-growth is that they will also have to learn to live with mosquitos, leeches, ticks of all varieties, snakes and other vermin, including feral cats.
    The upside may outweigh these projected problems however, when brush turkeys, the various varieties of ‘roos and other native species return to your land.


  3. You’re welcome to the beer or the cuppa of course anytime – tree planting or not. And yes, Col, a trade off as always. We have had marvellous barking owls hooting around us over the past couple of weeks – a pair obviously looking for a place to settle and raise their young. They may or may not stay, but hopefully in the future such wildlife will only increase, and we will have plenty of bugs and critters to complain about also! They tell me, incidentally that a breeding pair of owls will consume up to 1,500 rats and mice in their vicinity in a year. Not sure who did the counting, but it sounds good to me!

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