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GAWLER Council will trial growing
native grasses on some street verges
around the town, instead of covering
them with mulch.
The issue was raised at council’s Infra-
structure and Environmental Services meet-
ing last month, with councillors Paul Koch
and Adrian Shackley concerned council was
covering many verges and reserve areas in
mulch, which kills off native grass and pro-
vides a breeding ground for weeds.
Cr Koch said regenerating native grasses
was a great solution for many areas around
town because they were sustainable and easy
“I have seen over the last few years a gen-
eral increase in native grasses on our street
verges, (which) is great,” he said.
“Unfortunately, though, I have seen
ments that have
Cr Koch said the worst case was a large
verge area at the corner of Lyndoch Road
and Cheek Avenue in Gawler East.
“About five or six years ago the area
was covered in a mixture of native
grasses, small herbs and, in winter, mosses...
it was essentially a stable community,” he
“Then council covered the whole area
with mulch, the community is essentially
gone, and now a haven for weeds.
“So an area that was, more or less, sus-
tainable has now become a difficult mainte-
nance issue, with increased costs.”
Cr Koch mentioned the corner of Farrow
and Hillier roads in Evanston as another
area rich in native grasses that had the po-
tential to become damaged.
“I am quite concerned about the site, as
there are a number of piles of mulch across
it,” he said.
Native grasses can be developed through
good mowing strategies, which suppress the
annual weed seed set and, in some cases,
The almost perfect environment for most
native grasses is hard, hot areas, with soils
with low nutrient levels.
Gawler Council will now trial a test area
in the town to identify ways to deliver a na-
tive grass verge management outcome, with
one possible location being Kelly Road in
The testing will include spot spraying and
the removal of major weeds, gathering of
seed by use of mowing with a small mower
and catcher, sorting the seed for drying and
then seeding the allocated area.
Native grass is greener
CR PAUL KOCH
I have seen over
the last few years a general
increase in native grasses on our
street verges, (which) is great.
Unfortunately, though, I have
seen some treatments that have
completely destroyed stable
native grass communities.
Gawler councillor Paul Koch wants to regenerate native grasses on verges and reserves
around the town. INSET, an area of land on the corner of Lyndoch Road and Cheek
Avenue in Gawler East where native grass has been killed off by mulch.
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Gone in 60 Seconds.
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What is your
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guitar and music.
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