Rosy out­look for gar­dens in main street

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

THE rose gar­dens in the main street of Biggenden are about to get some ex­tra loving care.

Fol­low­ing con­cerns from the com­mu­nity that the roses were de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil in­vited rose ex­perts Pam and Ran­dall Bar­ton, of Kal­bar, to come and give their opin­ion.

As part of the visit, the Bar­tons con­ducted soil and wa­ter test­ing, iden­ti­fied rose va­ri­eties and made rec­om­men­da­tions about which spec­i­mens were per­form­ing well and which need re­ju­ve­nat­ing and those that were near­ing the end of their life­span and needed re­plac­ing.

Mr Bar­ton said the ma­jor­ity of the roses were in good health and would re­spond well to a bit of TLC.

“Gen­er­ally the roses are in good health, but some are suf­fer­ing from lack of nu­tri­ents and pro­longed ef­fects of dis­ease such as scale, which can be eas­ily im­proved with fer­tiliser, prun­ing and or­ganic pest con­trol,” he said.

With the as­sis­tance of com­mu­nity gar­den vol­un­teers and coun­cil parks and gar­den staff, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil will keep as many of the ex­ist­ing roses as pos­si­ble.

The plan is for all the healthy roses in the first gar­den bed, lo­cated op­po­site the QCWA build­ing, to be re­planted in the three re­main­ing gar­den beds to fill in gaps cre­ated by dead roses.

The soil con­di­tion of the first bed will be im­proved with com­post be­fore be­ing re­planted with new species of hardy roses suited to lo­cal grow­ing con­di­tions.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

HELP­ING HAND: Biggenden's Derek Simpson with rose ex­perts Pam and Ran­dall Bar­ton.

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