It is recommended that we reduce the dead hatch from our Balgas regularly and give them a burn. Loppers, secatars or manual hedge clippers can be used but the most efficient method is to use an electric hedge clipper. The trimmings are then placed on top of a Zamia and then the dead hatch is burnt. This method will improve the health of the Balgas and the 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.

balgatrimming 2Peter is using the hedge trimmer to remove the dead hatch

balgatrimming 3  David is placing the dead hatch from the Grasstree on top of a neighbouring Zamia. The hatch will be burnt eventually and help improve the health of that plant.