If you’re looking for a hardy ground cover, Coprosma Repes has fast become a favourite at Rita’s house. Unfortunately not locally sourced, she did get a lot from Rogers for $2 and utilised it on banks and other shady spots where other plants have failed to establish. In fact she has planted it in the places tradescantia used to be. It’s glossy and bright green so looks beautiful and keeps invasive weeds at bay – win all round!
Rita is so excited to see the Biocontrol for tradescantia has made its way to the Waitakeres with the Ecomatters team spotting them on Bush road! This little beetle from South America has been vigorously tested to ensure it
won’t do damage to anything other than tradescantia (which is also from that region). So hopefully you will see some nibbles out of yours!!
Remember tradescantia does well on the edges of the bush so as your weed gets eaten by the beetle a new clearing will be created – perfect for other plant growth (often another type of weed). If you plant it with a native you will have less weeding to do long term.
Have a look at her plant of the month for an option.
You will find a link the Landcare Research The Biological Control of Weeds book HERE
We have now received some new books for the library. Here is a selection:
David Baldacci Daylight
Lee Child The Sentinel
Ben Sanders The Devils You Know
Lynda La Plante Cold Shoulder
Ian Rankin Tooth and Nail
Kate Quin The Rose Code
Janet Skeslien Charles The Paris Library
JD Robb Faithless in Death
With the winter weather on the way, it’s a good idea to get a few books from
us so you can always have a good read and forget the cold outside.
We have also received a new variety of books from the Auckland Library which
are also available to borrow.
The Waitākere Ranges is increasingly pressured by weeds, predators and pathogens. This hui will look at
Protecting Our Waitākere Ranges
Speaking to this topic will be
Raewyn Peart MNZM, Dr Nick Waipara and Dr Mels Barton
We’ll also be hearing about Pest Free Piha’s Wasp Eradication and introducing two new enviro groups followed by an AGM.
Arrive for a 10 am start and stay for a light lunch after.
phone 0274 994 596 for more information.
With thanks to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for their support
The Ministry of Education has advised that there will be work carried out on Forest Hill Road which will require a portion of the road to be closed affecting the Oratia School Bus 4 Run:
Quick rundown of the job:
The school has been in touch with Ritchies and at this stage they are unable to confirm how and if the School Bus 4 will run over this time.
Could you please make arrangements to bring your child to school and be collected from school on the first day of term. The school will update you on that date (or before if we hear).