Want to help protect your garden and the Cape from woody weeds? One great way is to learn to recognise the young seedlings of Acacia cyclops and olives. In their first 6 months of life both are easily pulled out by hand. Cyclops grows quickly and can reach > 1 m x 1 m in 1-2 years, setting seed in 2-3 years. Cyclops and olives often germinate in the shade of shrubs such as Leucopogon (coastal beard heath) or in the ground covers muntries (Kunzea pomifera). I recently found 10 seedling in one old muntries, near Fleurieu Ave. Imagine how different the view would look in 2-3 years if they were left to grow. The easiest way to get good at recognising cyclops and olive seedlings, is to learn by doing. We are happy to show you how..
Photos C. Schultz: Leucopogon + cyclops (circles); 10 cyclops hidden in muntries
Next get together, 11 & 12 Apr 2015. Training & cake provided.
We welcome new volunteers. Contact Carolyn Schultz 0423 213 481.