Bowsden, Jericho, Southern Midlands - The Burbury family recognised the benefits of trees to their farming enterprise many years ago establishing shelterbelts for lambing ewes and freshly shorn sheep.Download PDF
|Location||Jericho, Midlands, Southern Tasmania|
|Property Size||1,600 hectares|
|Enterprise||Grazing / Pastoral - not irrigated|
|Rainfall||520 mm (average)|
|Soil types||Duplex soils - sandy loams / light clays|
The Burbury family recognised the benefits of trees to their farming enterprise many years ago. Initially Damian’s father started the process to integrate trees into their farm and now Damian has continued to establish shelterbelts primarily to provide shelter for the pasture and the livestock which is particularly useful for lambing ewes and freshly shorn sheep.
Luckily my father had the foresight to plant the shelterbelts around the farm; they provide shelter from the hot and dry in the summer, and the cold and wet in the winter for both pasture and livestock. However, in order to get really good results in the harsh Midland conditions, it is essential to get the tree establishment correct.
Weed control is the most significant work you can do. It is likely to determine the success or failure of most projects. Provide a weed free zone at least 1.0-1.5m in diameter around the tree, or a strip 1.5-2.0m wide along the planting mound.
Tractor - minimum 75hp, preferably 85-100 hp to be provided by landowner. Mound Plough on trailer gross weight 1,600kg (1.6 tonnes). Hire from PFT