Well folks i am on a mission and it is Gorse and Spiny rush…now i don’t want to disinfrachise our British friends but along with the Rabbit and Fox this Gorse is just no great present! I have no idea whether this was part of the colonial punishment plan but believe me people we are being punished..
I thought our Hedge Wattle Aka Kangaroo thorn was hideous but this stuff is even worse.Contractors have poisoned it and the gorsemite spider has knocked it around but..it does not go quietly into the night! Like our Hedge Wattle it is thorny,these things are vicious, in all fairness though unlike Hedge Wattle it does not creep into your boots and clothes and seemingly hide for a month to spring out when you least expect it.
It prefers to get you right then and there.The roots have had me Mattocking,digging,cutting and almost pleading…please Get Out!! i spent three hours yesterday wielding my weapons on an incline near a dam and in precarious positions.I was deemed most amusing by the roos resting nearby…One root in particular i got on my hands and knees and twisted it around itself ..swearing and sweating all the time i kept twisting until it let go and nearly sent me flying down hill into the dam…i would have been stuck by the spiny rush first before plopping in the water.Spiny rush will invade and take over the whole dam,it has already started so it was also on my hitlist,this stuff is like trying to get concrete out! so where i have removed it i am replacing with a non invasive native rush called finger rush,once all this is done the water will be better,the erosion will stop,the birds will come back and the rabbits will go.
Spiny rush thrives in areas with salinity issues so fix this and it ceases to exist,but it has to go to fix it so catch 22.Rabbits of course use these rushes and the gorse and Hedge wattle for burrows,i know i don’t want to go near them so they are a great safe haven,remove haven and rabbits need to look elsewhere. I am choosing carefully what i plant around the dam as you need to be aware that some trees leaf litter chokes the water, but we also have to replace the gorse and hedge wattle with suitable habitat plantings to bring birds back.We have kept copses of Hedge wattle for the birds until we can do this,also under planting. So i am tired,and in need of some nice gardening,but so many lovely blogs have given me the inspiration to keep doing the boring stuff and know that it is a means to an end. 🙂