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By JOHN HUGHES
HILE we think of a tractor as being
very useful around the farm, it can
also be very handy in the rural gar-
The following will give you a few tips on
planning and show you how to put your trac-
tor to work. It sure beats a wheelbarrow
BEFORE rushing down to the nursery, it pays
to spend some time figuring out what you
want to achieve and then select your plants
accordingly. A good place to start is to measure
up the area and make a rough sketch. If you
want to be precise, you can draw it on grid
paper to scale.
Consider the height to which you want the
plants to grow. If you are not careful, you can
buy a cute little plant that is only a few cen-
timetres tall and end up with a huge tree in a
few years time that is totally unsuitable for the
Buy plants with tags telling you the height
and width they will grow.
If you want screening, the number of plants
required will be determined by the fully-
grown width of the plants. For example, if the
length of the garden is 50 metres and the
mature width of the plant is 2m you would
need to buy 25 plants.
You may prefer a natural look or something
more formal, such as a hedge.
How important are low-maintenance, low-
watering requirements and the elements to
which the plants will be exposed?
Will there be full sun or is it a shady posi-
Are there strong winds or is it sheltered?
Is it a high risk fire area?
Some plants are more fire resistant than oth-
THE younger the plants, the less expensive
they are, so you can get more for your money.
Alternatively more mature trees cost more, but
have more of an immediate impact.
MULCH is ordered by the cubic metre. If you
wish to mulch full garden beds, you can cal-
culate how much you need by calculating the
length x width of your garden x the depth you
want the mulch to be. For example:
length (50 metres) x width (2 metres) x
desired depth (.075 metres) = cubic metres
Take this information with you along with
your sketches and your nursery will then be
able to help you with some informed decisions
about your plants.
THIS project involved putting in a screen of
natives to create some privacy after a house
was built on a neighbouring property. Part of
the area being turned into garden had rough
ground after recent excavations and the rest
In the existing lawn area it was decided not
to mulch the full area until the plants were
more mature. Therefore it was only necessary
to dig holes for planting. Marks were made on
the ground for plant spacings based on the
widths the plants would grow to. Then holes
were dug to at least twice the width and depth
of the pot. This enables the roots to grow
into loose soil. As the tractor had a backhoe
fitted at the time, a couple of shallow swipes of
the bucket soon produced the desire hole for
each plant. Alternatively a post hole digger
would do the job too.
The hole was partially back filled with loose
soil and water added.
A plant was removed from the pot and a
small amount of potting mix was teased away
from the roots by hand to encourage the roots
to spread out into the soil.
The plant was placed in the hole so the top
of the potting mix was level with the top of the
hole. The rest of the hole was filled with loose
soil and watered in some more.
Finally, the soil was compacted down by
hand. These plants did not need fertiliser in
these conditions but this would be the time to
add some appropriate fertiliser in the hole if
the plant required it.
PUTTING a protective layer on the garden bed
helps keep moisture in and minimise weed
growth. Mulch such as pine flake is cost effec-
tive for large areas.
Alternatively, if you have fallen branches or
garden prunings to get rid of you can use a
tractor powered chipper to make your own
mulch. A depth of about 75 millimetres was
used to still allow water to penetrate and air to
circulate. Using the front end loader made
quick work of scooping and transporting the
mulch. This loader would easily carry 10
wheel barrows full.
NOW all that is required is a little patience
and watering for the plants to grow big
enough to do their job.
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Take the sweat
out of gardening
Back fill the hole a little with loose soil then
add water and plant.
A tractor makes gardening easy.
The rotary hoe is used to further level the
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WITH 25 years experience in the Motorcycle
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Conveniently located on the Riddoch Highway, it
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with Kawasaki and Suzuki franchises. With the
main focus being placed on new ATV, farm and
off-road sales, SEMCC will also introduce road
bikes to there store in the new financial year.
With the power of two stores, the ability for
bulk buy discounts will flow on to customers.
Victor Motorcycles has been awarded some of
Australia's highest awards from Kawasaki and
• Need to know more?
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