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FIELD DAY – Understanding Soil Health and Why Weeds Succeed
November 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The health of your soil depends on much more than just nutrient levels. Standard soil testing to determine nutrient levels (P, K, Ca, Mg, etc.) provides no information on soil biology and physical properties. The criteria for healthy soils are created by soil organisms and soil physical properties.
The field day will demonstrate practical tools that you can use to monitor the health of your soil. You will be shown how to correctly take soil samples for nutrient testing plus a range of straightforward visual tests that require simple equipment and, can be carried out by one person in the field.
By testing regularly you can build up a record of your soil health and understand the effect good management practice has.
The day will also look at why weeds are so successful, and what they may indicate about your soils and management. For example, high numbers of Fireweed or Paterson’s Curse are indicators of poor ground cover; especially in autumn. Once established they produce large soil seed banks (up to 130 million per hectare) which can survive for up to 5 years.
Knowing what makes weeds abundant gives you the tools to keep them under control.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided. To register please contact Glenda Steain from Greater Sydney Landcare on 0418 244 418 or email@example.com
Please RSVP by Wednesday 22nd, November 2017 and indicate any dietary constraints for catering purposes.
This project is supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services using funds from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.