“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ~ Martin Luther
I was greeted by enthusiastic members of the Friends of Toolern Creek, who were ready and waiting with masses of tree, shrub and native grass seedlings.
The native flora that we were planting were a grass called Poa Labillardieri or Poa Lab for short. It is indigenous to our region. The trees were Yellow Gum.
As we were not veterains of tree planting, we opted to plant the grass. Lyn, the President of the FOTC, got out the hole digger and got straight to work.
It was pretty easy work, just pop a seedling into each hole and backfill. Each tray of grass held 100 seedlings.
Ben was simply amazing. He was a grass planting machine, and I was very proud of him. We worked really well as a team. Even when Lyn had to duck away on the occasion, to sort out the other workers, Ben kept digging his own holes with his trowel and planted more grass. He was really enjoying himself.
In the two and a half hours we worked, we rejuvenated a 20 x 20 metre square area of creek bank. In the end we had planted 600 Poa lab grasses, and the others put in about 20 yellow gum.