Here’s a no-brainer. If someone goes to the trouble to dig a hole and plant something in it, they want it to live. When they come back later, they’d like to see a bit of living green. And if they’re in the business of planting things, then they definitely want to see thriving plants for more reasons than personal gratification.
Shane Grundy is the Bush Doctor, and he’s in the business of bush regeneration, or as he puts it “restoring and maintaining ecosystems.” Working in the Cumberland Plain Woodlands, Western Sydney, Shane and his team handle projects for catchment management authorities, councils and water suppliers – doing everything from fabricating landscapes from scratch to bush regeneration (“helping to reinstate the natural processes”). The methods Shane uses are varied: tools like engineering works with rocks to divert and manage run off; weed management; and, of course, planting.
Which is where TerraCottem comes in. “I was talking to Russell James one day a few years ago, about this new product he had which had been developed to stop desert encroachment in Africa. He pointed out that I could probably make good use of it.”
The Bush Doctor’s first planting with the TerraCottem soil conditioning treatment took place in William Howe Regional Park back in 2001. The site was high, dry and exposed. “We were working in very hard shale-based soils. It was a horrible place to work.”
And the result? “I have vivid memories of it. I did notice a difference – bloody oath. And I wasn’t the only one; the national park and wildlife ranger couldn’t believe it either, how quickly things grew and how healthy it all looked. I’ve been using it ever since and I don’t like to plant without it.”
Oh, and there’s one more benefit. Part of planting is the follow up maintenance which includes giving plantings two or three follow up waterings. Working with TerraCottem reduces the need to go back!