Recently I joined Nick Huggins on a farm near Wagga to see what he was up to. (Here are the details of his first visit in case you missed it.)
This time the main purpose of the trip was to repair the creek that ran through the property. The creek is nothing special, it runs half the year and doesn’t have much living in or around it. There was a lot of evidence of erosion, not a lot of soil left and no protection from flood events.
So Nick got to work, spending the week installing rock gabions and bamboo every few hundred metres or so.
What looks to the untrained eye, and the catchment authority, as works to block up the creek and stuff up the natural ecology is actually a process of fast tracking the repair that happens naturally as trees and other debris fall across the flow and slow down the water, holding back nutrient and kick starting the soil building process.
In fact the very people that would oppose this kind of work will be the very same people trying to protect it in only a few years when the endangered frogs species have returned and the surrounding well hydrated land is lush and abundant with life.
Aside from being gorgeous and having too many uses to mention, bamboo plays a crucial part in flood protection as it’s able to withstand massive pressure. Planted out like wings along side the gabions, it will drop lots of mulch, pacify raging floodwaters and catch all that eroded goodness flowing from degraded farms upstream. The result will be fast, high quality soil creation that will set the conditions for other life to come back in, such as reeds and grasses that will continue to build on the pioneer work done by Nick.
Drawing on 11 years of horticulture experience, Nick planted 160 Bamboo plants for the client that week and has taken the time to film this video to show you how to give your bamboo the best chance of survival by doing all the right things when transplanting. Enjoy!