Back by popular demand, MidCoast Council will host a free interactive workshop at the upcoming Pacific Palms Markets on Sunday, January 31 to assist local green thumbs to create amazing gardens.
Taking advantage of the return of regular rainfall to the region, it's perfect timing to consider establishing an easy-care, native Australian garden that is also drought-tolerant.
According to MidCoast Council education and engagement environmental officer, Erin Masters the key to success lies in knowing how to remove weeds and keep them at bay, giving your new native plants the space they need to thrive.
"Weed removal is complex and unfortunately there is no single removal technique that is suitable for all species," Ms Masters said.
"By choosing the right removal technique and making weed removal part of your gardening routine, you can reduce the amount of seed in the ground, and in reducing the seed bank, this will lessen your long term work load and create space for the plants you love."
Weed removal is complex and unfortunately there is no single removal technique that is suitable for all species.Erin Masters
The workshop will help identify problem weeds and show effective techniques to remove them.
To get involved, turn up early to the markets and sign up for one of the sessions which begin at 10am and 11.30am.
Public safety is priority and COVID safe guidelines provided by the NSW Department of Health will be followed.
Numbers at each session will be limited and attendees will be required to login using a QR code.
Masks will be provided for attendees who will also need to wear covered shoes to participate.
The team at MidCoast Council is working with Pacific Palms residents as part of the Backyard Bushcare program to reduce weeds in local gardens.
The Backyard Bushcare program is a four year project supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust, which encourages local communities to work together to remove weeds from their own backyards and help protect the natural bushland that surrounds their town.
For further information and resources on how to turn a backyard into a native garden and wildlife haven head to www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/backyardbushcare.