Rehydrating the soil pays dividends

Various techniques along Urandangie Creek are restoring landscape hydration. Photo by Rachel Lawrence.
29th Jul 2019

Southern New Englanders will soon have an opportunity to see first-hand how to balance higher production with good environmental outcomes on one of the highest altitude properties in the Malpas Catchment on July 31st.
Since finalising their property plan in 2008, and fencing off Urandangie Creek during the High Country Urban Biodiversity Project in 2010, ‘Urandangie’ owners Bill Perrottet and Jackie Perrottet have been restoring riparian areas using techniques that help hydrate the whole farm.
They have also begun a program of soil testing to increase data, knowledge, and efficiency, that helps make the right nutrient application decisions. Having a property plan for ‘Urandangie’ has enabled Bill and Jackie to tackle a range of issues in priority order, not least, rehydrating the soil.
Southern New England Landcare’s Malpas Catchment Coordinator, Rachel Lawrence said that the Perrottet’s have done impressive work.
“I’m really excited by the possibilities these methods offer other producers in the catchment,” Rachel said. “Increased soil hydration is really key, and this can be achieved by slowing the flow of water and trapping more water in the root zones of plants.
“Of course, this has huge benefits in a water supply catchment such as Malpas, because the water that ends up in the dam is filtered before it gets there,” she said.
Landholders and community members are invited to a short FREE field day on Wednesday 31st July from 10 am - 2 pm. ‘A Tinge of Green’ is being hosted by the Malpas Catchment Group, a sub-group of Southern New England Landcare.
For more information and registrations visit their website or phone 6772 9123.