Don’t burn the river, says Josh

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

JOSH Byrne is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to adopt en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly tac­tics in their gar­dens to help the Swan and Can­ning rivers.

The ABC TV Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia pre­sen­ter is host­ing a se­ries of work­shops dur­ing the next few weeks, in­clud­ing South Perth.

“The essence of the pre­sen­ta­tions is to help peo­ple achieve at­trac­tive gar­dens and re­duc­ing the amount of fer­tiliser go­ing into the Swan and Can­ning river sys­tem,” he said.

“I want to help peo­ple cre­ate the gar­dens that they are af­ter through land­scap­ing and re­mod­elling.

“One of my best tips, which may seem silly that it’s so sim­ple, is pay at­ten­tion to the di­rec­tions on the fer­tiliser pack­age and not over fer­tilise or use it at the wrong times.”

Byrne said the Swan and Can­ning river sys­tems were in de­cent health but the pub­lic could do more to help it.

“When you look at the river sys­tem and con­sider it’s next to a ma­jor cap­i­tal city, it’s in pretty good shape but there are signs of stress,” he said.

“Stud­ies have shown there are twice as many nu­tri­ents in the river com­pared to what it should take and this could lead to al­gae blooms, fish­ing dy­ing and odours.

“I think at­ti­tudes are chang­ing. Peo­ple are think­ing about what im­pact they are hav­ing on the rivers.”

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