One of our major issues at Arborlon is Erosion. Running or flowing water has caused significant erosion in most gullies across our property and severely affected the house hill. Now that the South path Wall is finished we can continue to add some more elements of our water control plan.
One of those is the use of Whoa-boys. Don’t know what a Whoa-boy is… neither did we. At least not by that name.
For the second time this winter we got an extraordinary weather pattern that brought about unseasonable wind and rain to South East Queensland. An east coast Low pressure system, inconjunction with a surface trough brought us strong winds and unseasonable rain. br> br>
We only received 75+ mm, but this represents a significant on day fall when the monthly average is just 42mm. br> br>
The total recorded here(so far) for July 2016 is 300.5 mm – representing more than 7 times the average for the month.
The Weekend of the 4th-5th June brought a rare and dangerous confluence of weather systems to the Eastern Coast of Australia, and for us, heavy rain for the Soth East corner of Queensland. Especially the Scenic Rim.
Comfrey helps to provide nutrients for your soil and the leaves are great for the compost heap as comfrey’s quick rotting leaves work with bacteria and soil organisms to help speed the composting of dried leaves and other high carbon materials.
We plant comfrey in all of our garden beds because the deep tap roots help to break up our heavy clay soil.
After the first big rain we had here since arrival, we have a new respect for the road above our property.
Respect may not be the right word, but we definitely understand it more and what it’s impacts are on the surrounding environment.
Erosion is on of the big three issues that we have to deal with her at Arborlon. So we have been addressing one of the issues that leads to the above image.
It is a problem I have seen in every house I have lived in in Queensland. Poor storm water control – in this case gutter overflow, during significant rain.
Access has been an issue here since day one, and it is an issue on almost every area of the property. So it is time to build some better access.
We are building stairs that will take us from the House level to the Plot Level. Sounds easy.. but…
Erosion is one of our major issues here at Arborlon. We have come to realise that the mountain is constantly moving, and that movement is downwards. Water erosion, physical erosion, rock falls and plant loss are all part of the erosion picture.
So many of our projects have been aimed at restoring stability through planting, terraforming and construction.
One of the issues we have across our property is that fun-loving ‘weed’ Lantana (Lantana camara). It is quite rampant in the gullys, and is spreading down the mountain and across all our hills.
So tackling the problem was a big and immediate issue for us once we had surveyed much off the property. Dealing with it meant a little investigation and research as to the best ways to….