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Category Case Studies, Sustainable Agriculture
Tags agroforestry, Blackwood, farm, Farming, lifestyle, mulch, native, timber, trees
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Small landholders David Singe and Natalee Kuser love native landscapes.  So when they purchased 45 hectares of mostly cleared land on the Blackwood River, traditional farming was not on their minds.

“We’re not farmers.  This is a lifestyle block,” David said.  “We could have simply leased it all out but we wanted to give something back to the environment.  It was also an opportunity to create a long term asset for the family.”

David and Natalee have developed three woodlots using trees that are native to their region in Western Australia.

Two woodlots developed in this project trialed the effect of planting trees on swales and mulching trees on survival. In the dry year of 2015, swales had a significant effect on survival on sandy soils and slopes over 5%. Mulching had no significant effect.

Erosion is a risk with swales and therefore, their utilisation should be limited to the more excessively well drained sites where rainfall can limit tree survival.

The practicalities of wood-lotting with WA natives and traits of some species are discussed.

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