TAG: Invasive Species

To weed or not to weed?

To Weed or Not to Weed

To weed or not to weed. That is the question…not least because what some people consider a weed, others consider a boon. I recently helped a friend move into a cottage on 200 acres overlooking the Obi Valley in Australia’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. The dwelling sits near a spring-fed dam that sources a creek which runs into the valley below through assorted waterfalls and swimming holes. It’s an idyllic location rich in wildlife and majestic vistas. There is, however, a problem (the solution to which might also provide some unexpected benefits). The little dam is covered in duckweed. An aquatic… read more

Pervasive Pine Trees

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Pine trees are a common fixture in the natural landscape, thriving in countries as varied as Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, Bermuda, and Argentina. Pines are actually native to the northern hemisphere, specifically in North America and Eurasia, but due to the intentional planting of pines in foreign regions for industrial and commercial purposes, they can now be found in a majority of the southern hemisphere. They adapt quite well, even in tropical climates and soils of poor quality.  The problem with this is pines are quick to colonize in these foreign lands, and are prohibiting the growth of native plants that… read more

Abandoned Property

Abandoned properties

Owners of immovable property in suburban areas have a legal duty to ensure that such properties are in good stead and comply with municipal by laws relating, inter alia, their upkeep and maintenance. There are owners of immovable property who have failed to maintain their property. Abandoning properties in suburban areas is usually unintentional in that when the owners acquire such property, they do so with the intention of either improving an existing structure or erecting a new structure on it. What then happens is that for one of a variety reasons, the owner decides to postpone any developments indefinitely…. read more