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41 Kopkes Rd, Haddon VIC 3351

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve listed some commonly asked questions below, if you can’t find the info you need on our website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

What trees are suitable for planting near drains?

Unless it is an open sewer, there are no trees that can enter plastic pipes. Only very old, almost obsolete terracotta pipes are penetrable. Around open sewerage ground covers and rockery plants are ideal. Bottlebrushes are most common and a great feature in a clump.

What trees are best to plant near a house?

Any low growing plants, groundcovers and shrubs are ideal for they usually have less invasive roots and will not affect footings. and paths. Gum trees (except ficifolia), Elders and Willows are not recommended for feature trees too close to the house. Plant a minimum of 10 metres away from the house.

What plants are most suitable for a hedge?

For a tall, boundary hedges the following plants are most suitable:
Cypresses (Castlewellan Gold, Leighton’s Green, Silver Dust)
Photinia robusta
Pittosporums (all varieties; plant 3 metres apart)

For small hedges:
Lingustrum andulatim
Lonicera nitida Diosma (all varieties; plant 3 metres apart)
Westringia(all varieties; plant 1 metre apart)
English Box (all varieties)
Hebe Buxifolia

What trees are best to use for windbreaks, and what is the appropriate spacing for each variety?

Tall trees:
All gums and wattles (3×3 metres)
Cypresses (Lambertiana) ( 5×5 metres)

Medium trees:
Smaller gums and wattles (3×3 metres apart)
Cypresses (Castlewellan Gold, Leighton’s Green, Silver Dust – 5×5 metres apart)
Photinias & Pittosporums (3×3 metres apart)
Melaleucas
Boobialas
She-oaks
Lucerne trees.

Small bushes:
Bottlebrushes (3×3 metres apart)
Grevilleas
Tea-trees
All small and bushy shrubs

What grows on the south side of the house or in the shade?

All plants need at least a little light some time. But best plants to use in this situation are Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Arnarum montana, Saxifragra and Daphne.

What plants have the best autumn colour?

Manchurian Pear (red, orange, purple,  yellow)
Liquidamber styraciflua (red, orange, purple, yellow)
Smoke Bush (red, orange)
Japanese Maples (red, orange, yellow)
Sugar Maples (red)
Silver Maples (yellow)
Red Canadian Maple (deep, dark red)
Scarlet Oak (scarlet)
Claret Ash, Golden Ash
Golden Elm
Tulip Trees (golden)

Can we order special plants for you or get more of the plants that you require?

In the majority of cases, yes!

What trees are salt-tolerant?

Acacia, Ac. Howittii (Sticky), Ac. Iteaphylla (Flinders Ranges), Ac. Longifolia (Sydney Golden), Ac. Melanoxylon (Blackwood), Ac. Pycnantha (Golden), Ac. Retinodes (Wirilda), Callistemon, Cal. Citrinus (Crimson), Cal. Viminalis (Weeping), Casuarina (Sheoak), Cas. Cunninghamiana (River), Cas. Glauca (Swamp), Cas. Stricta (Weeping), Eucalyptus, Euc. Botriodes (Bangalay Mahogany), Euc. Camaldulensis (Red Gum), Euc. Cladocalyx Nana, Euc. Forrestiana (Fuchsia Gum), Euc. Macrandra (Long-Flowering Moort), Euc. Maculata (Spotted), Euc. Microcarpa (Grey Box), Euc. Occidentalis (Swamp Yate), Euc. Sargentii (Salt River Gum), Euc. Sideroxylon (Iron Bark), Kunza Baxteri, Leptospernum, Lep. Lanigerum (Woolly Tea Tree), Melaleuca (Paper Barks), Mel. Armillaris (Bracelet Honey Myrtle, Mel. Decussata (Cross-Leaved), Mel. Halmaturorum (Kangaroo Island), Mel. Squamea

What funding is available to address the salinity problem and how does the landowner get access to it?

Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box) 15 + years
Eucalyptus microcarpa (Grey Box) 15 + years
Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Red Box) 15 + years
Eucalyptus camadulensis (Red Gum) 10-15 years
Eucalyptus cladocalyx (Sugar Gum) First cut 10-15 years Second cut 10-15 years
Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Gum) First cut 10 years Second cut 12-15 years
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) 5-10 years
Acacia melonoxylon (Blackwood) 15 + years
Casuarina cunninghamania (River Sheoak) 10 + years
Casuarina littoralis (Black Sheoak) 10 + years
Casuarina verticulata-syn stricta (Dryland Drooping Sheoak) 10 + years

The time it takes a tree to grow to harvestable size is a guide only, depending on soil fertility, weather conditions and pest control. If the soil is ripped, the weeds sprayed and the tree is watered when needed for at least the first year, the goals are easily achievable

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