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Resource Newsletter - WINTER 2018

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Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal living culture as a vital part of Australia's identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk and to Elders past and present. This newsletter is printed on Revive Laser 100% recycled COMMUNITY PLANTINGS Make new friends, enjoy the fresh air and help green Hume. Sunday 3 June, 10am to 12.30pm Blind Creek, Olive Grove (near park), Sunbury (381 K1) Sunday 17 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Ian Musgrove Reserve, Koala Crescent, Westmeadows (5 J7) Saturday 7 July, 10am to 12.30pm Malcolm Creek, Serenity Way (opposite Bottlebrush Road, near tennis courts), Craigieburn (386 F2) Sunday 5 August, 10am to 12.30pm Malcolm Creek, Elsternwick Way (near Flagstaff Loop), Craigieburn (387 B6) Sunday 12 August, 10am to 12.30pm Emu Bottom Wetlands, Racecourse Road carpark, Sunbury (362 F7) Saturday 18 August, 10am to 12.30pm Jacksons Hill, end of Hammersmith Court, Sunbury (382 G10) Sunday 26 August, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Moonee Ponds Creek (back of Scout Hall), Coopers Hill Drive, Westmeadows (6 A7) Name that plant If you find a plant on your property and would like assistance in its identification, or would like a free copy of WEEDeck (a pocket weed-identification guide that covers all of Hume's priority weeds) you can call the Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200. You can also submit your images to namethatplant@hume.vic.gov.au and Council staff will help you to identify the plant. To help us help you, please submit: ■ Photo files between one and six megabytes in size (no more than nine megabytes per email) and please use the GPS function if your camera permits. ■ Your full name and contact details. ■ The location of the plant. ■ A brief description of the plant's key features. Once you have identified the weeds on your property it is important to know what type of weed you are dealing with in order to effectively control it. There are three main types of weeds: Annual weeds These weeds grow to maturity, set seed and die within a year. They usually have shallow roots and rely on heavy seed production for survival. They can be controlled by hand removal, herbicide or well-timed crash grazing. Examples of annual weeds include Cape Weed and Paterson's Curse (pictured). Biennial weeds Biennial weeds germinate and grow in one year, then set seed and die the following year. They have taproots and can re-shoot if slashed. They can be controlled in the first year the same way as an annual weed to prevent seed set. In the second year they need to be dug up to remove the taproot or sprayed with a herbicide. An example includes Artichoke Thistle (pictured). Perennial weeds Perennial weeds live longer than two years. They usually flower and set seed in the first few years and continue to do so until they die. Some perennial plants reproduce by sending up shoots from underground roots and stems. Seedlings can be controlled in the same way as annuals, but thereafter control becomes more difficult particularly if they produce bulbs. Examples include Serrated Tussock, Blackberry and Gorse (pictured). TO REGISTER: hume.vic.gov.au/livegreen For further advice: 9205 2200 @ namethatplant@hume.vic.gov.au

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