Monday, February 14, 2011

Wet Feet

The ongoing consequences of the floods in late 2010 are still being felt.  We are now seeing that a number of trees are suffering because of "wet feet".

Several Zelkova trees planted along the driveway may die or at the very least suffer severe damage because the water table in this part of the property rises to the surface in a very wet season.

In another  wet season a decade ago we lost the majority of Cypress Pines (Callitris endlicheri ) that we had planted here as an avenue,  so it seems that there will be an ongoing problem in this area. Does this mean that we should rethink the concept of having an avenue of trees along the driveway?  Or is it just a matter of finding a tree that can cope with the range of conditions ?

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