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The unmown kikuyu edge - its role in ecological integrity, soil health and amenity value

This observation is an example of the very beginnings of kikuyu control by the method which will be used throughout Gahnia Grove's mown margins when the unmown edge grows long enough to implement this weed control technique, developed specifically for kikuyu:

https://inaturalist.nz/observations/18574386

When this unmown kikuyu edge is longer, the unrooted lengths will be pulled back and piled on the edge of the clone patch (rooted area), the bulk of the unrooted material compressing and suppressing existing and new growth beneath, and rotting first the unrooted foliage, then the underlying rooted growth.

The rotted rhizomes forming during this process speed the breakdown of adjacent kikuyu so that the clone patch can be reduced as required. The desired limit of kikuyu thus needs to be established by stakeholders, along with a consensus on the intended replacement ground/canopy cover ...more ↓

Posted on November 24, 2018 10:56 PM by kaipatiki_naturewatch kaipatiki_naturewatch | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Gahnia Grove's margins bordering mown kikuyu. These margins were previously previously mown, line-trimmed and/or sprayed with herbicide. They are now in transition from kikuyu and herbicide poisoning to native ground cover and/or canopy.

This project aims to illustrate and explain the method of kikuyu control being trialled at Gahnia Grove in these margins.

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Mini kaipatiki_naturewatch created this project on November 18, 2018

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