August 16, 2008 at 10:30 am #244672epsilonMember
We have to keep 3 m firebreaks around our fenceline (2ha). Any ideas on the easiest (time & labour-wise) and hopefully cheapest way to do this? Does slashing/rotaring remove all the fuel ie grasses left sticking up etc. Would very close mowing (would have to be ride-on) and collecting all the clippings provide adequate removal of grass/weed type fuel? Is there a method which doesn’t require constant attention throughout the year ie only early spring? I asked an organic grower how they maintained theirs and they spray very carefully with glyphosate!! (not near the crops). :confused: I have trained in the use of this chemical in rescuing native bush from weed invasion using very specific and limited use with hand application weed by weed. So I am reluctant to use over larger areas for all the usual reasons. Hoping you can help:)August 16, 2008 at 11:53 am #364061MetuMember
Can you get livestock? We’re seriously looking at getting a llama or alpaca later down the track to keep weeds at bay – then we can turn their manure into compost!August 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm #364062Lady BeeKeymaster
My impression after having 10 fire units camped behind our house during the 2003 fires was that a fire break is NO FUEL – i.e. bare dirt. Not an easy thing to maintain. Perhaps have a chat to your local fire captain. He/She will probably say “Roundup”, but they might be able to give you some other advice.August 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm #364063AndreKeymaster
I’m with you Metu:tup:
epsilon, if you can manage it, bring in a couple of goats to help maintain the clearing of your firebreak.
Good company, possibly milk, and fertiliser.August 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm #364064bazmanMember
I up keep a 500m long fire break, while this is not to bare dirt I do harvest the 8 feet high long grass a few times a year, I have planned to rip it all up and plant lucerne in it place as that would make a better mulch or a mix of both. My fire break is 15m wide and can be seen in my gallery link below.
Harvesting this area give me a great free source of mulch but collecting it is hard work and I have thought about getting some sort of PTO device to flick it into rows making it easier to pick up. I use large feed bag which give a rough round bale amount.
The main reasons I upkeep the firebreak is mulch, protecting my fences and stopping the council spraying weeds near my property.
Organic grower using glypho…. Shouldn’t be called Organic, Organic is also growing with ethics and one of the ethics is to not support products killing our planet like glyphosate.August 22, 2008 at 11:29 am #364065bushyMember
Lady B has the correct answer, bare dirt, glyphos or mowing will definately reduce the risk, but a fire will quickly skim across the slightest bit of grass no matter how short it is.
Baz’s suggestion about the lucerne is the best way, makes it a usable strip and prevents erosion associated with bare soil
Only problem with lucerne is it needs the right soil conditions to grow, no wet feet, and also needs management, lucerne will not tolerate unrestrained grazing, and will quickly die out after the crown is eaten.September 27, 2008 at 12:39 pm #364066epsilonMember
thanks all for your suggestions:tup:
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