Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Any Spanish heath in your life?
My grandfather first rented and then brought a 20 acre former Rose Nursery at Watson’s creek just after the turn of the 20th Century. Over the years he both cleared and extended his property, handing over to his son 54 acres. In the early to mid 1960’s Dad added to the property by purchasing a 20 acre block next door. Unlike Grandpa’s purchases which were mainly covered with wattle and Gum trees that needed clearing, the new block had been cleared of all timber many years earlier but had been allowed to get run down and when dad bought it, it had very poor pasture and was over grown with Spanish Heath, ti-tree and in places Blackberries. Over the years dad both improved the pasture and removed all the ti-tree and Spanish Heath, and controlled the blackberries. He used chemical means to control the blackberries but for the ti-tree and heather he used physical labour. Whenever any grew he would chop it out immediately and thus stop it spreading.