I’ve been looking at the benefits of hedging for a while now.
The more I looked at it, the more I am convinced that hedges offer a range of benefits that go beyond a natural fencing system.
Looking at the hedging systems of the kingdom isles, the benefits included “hard benefits” such as habitats for wildlife, wind and shelter breaks as well as the “soft benefits” such as the fact that there are deep rooted plants that help maintain the fertility of the land (through mineral raising) along with other benefits deep rooted plants offer such as soil management and salinity control.
Hawthorn Hedges are, unfortunately, considered a noxious weed in Victoria and thus not an option. So, I’ve been lookibng for examples of Australian native plants that can be used to create an old system hedge.
So far I have identified two locally native plants that may be suitable – specifically Acacia paradoxa aka Hedge Wattle (or Kangaroo Thorn in some areas) and Bursoria spinosa aka Sweet Bursaria (or Christmas bush or Blackthorn) both seem to be a thick, prickly bushes that seem to offer the same form of features the Hawthorn Hedge offers.
Now, trying to find examples of implementations of such hedges is my new challenge.
I am now accepting any and all commentary, case studies and pointing in random directions from any and all readers!