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David Ward has started a project to lower the hatch on the Balgas.

Loppers, secatars or manual hedge clippers can be used. But the most efficient method is to use an electric hedge clipper to lower the dead hatch. The trimmings are then placed on top of a Zamia. Then the dead hatch is burnt.

David's method will improve the health of the Balgas and Zamias by stimulating nitrogen fixation and fruiting.

Another benefit of this method is that it will help to reduce the fire hazard.

Read more about Balga Grasstrees here and here.


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Peter is using the hedge trimmer to remove the dead hatch.


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David is placing the dead hatch on top of a neighbouring Zamia. The hatch will be burnt eventually and help improve the health of that plant.