Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Kangaroo grass greens up

Kanagroo grass on a roadside

Kanagroo grass on a roadside

In those areas lucky enough to have had some rain the kangaroo grass has really greened up. Out on site visits yesterday it was great to see the distinctive orange colour of the seedheads. It was disappointing to see that some people still see the need to mow the native grass outside their  property and thereby miss out on allowing the development of new plants.  Mowing without removing the biomass will gradually degrade the grassland and allow other more vigorous grasses such as phalaris to invade.

We still have a way to go in promoting the management of grasslands. It would be great to get some photos of the difference in flame heights between phalaris and kangaroo grass to reinforce the benefits of native grasses on roadsides for fire safety.

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