29 November 2009

Desertification comes to Commonwealth Avenue

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Six weeks after the close of Floriade, and the flower beds and lawn median strip in Commonwealth Avenue, between Acton and Commonwealth Parks, are looking like a desert landscape – plus weeds!

I have never seen this part of Canberra looking so bad. The lawn is brown, the grass along the edges is high, and the two flower beds look long abandoned and overgrown (these are the ones normally planted out with flowers, especially at Floriade).

This is the part of Canberra that normally looks pristine – so, what has happened here?

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UrbanAdventure.org8:49 pm 01 Dec 09

Oh, I know what is happening there. It’s a thing called a drought. That’s when it does not rain much. Because it does not rain much the grass does not get much water. The ground dries up. Plants die. As they die, they turn yellow. Desserts look kind of yellowish, so that’s why those areas now resemble deserts. I would have thought all this would be obvious, but well, I decided to explain it anyway.

Seriously though, I too have noticed that people seem to have just given up watering medium strips in the center of roads now. Just in time to replace them with tramlines I say.

Holden Caulfield said :

…and, not to mention the blue Falcon on the side of the road, haha.


Holden Caulfield3:15 pm 30 Nov 09

…and, not to mention the blue Falcon on the side of the road, haha.

georgesgenitals9:02 pm 29 Nov 09

not today, it was bloody cold…

Hence use of the term ‘been’, rather than ‘is’.

georgesgenitals8:42 pm 29 Nov 09

It’s been fcking hot.

Haven’t driven that way lately, but its probably because of the bulbs.

After they’ve flowered, the leaves need to die back completely before they’re disturbed at all. This is so they can gather the nutrients into their bulb that are needed to allow them to survive and flower next year. If you cut back the living foliage at all (inc mowing the area), they’ll die and never return.

At a guess, Floriade costs too much to put on every year for the organisers to run that risk …

(About the lawn, probably the same reason that mine looks that way – insane heat and no water)

Drought and water restrictions.

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