Improvement of Soil Health
Soil is de-compacted by tilling, to help with water absorption and provides air to the surrounding trees roots. A thick layer of mulch is then applied to protect the bare soil from weeds, aid in water retention during the dryer months. Mulch also helps keep soil cool, which is necessary for beneficial organisms to thrive and leads to improved soil nutrition.
Compacted areas with high clay content, such as those found in Lower Hume Park, flood annually and are commonly used by a variety of bird species for feeding, bathing, and socializing. To coincide field soil improvements, a vernal pond can be installed to provide habitat area for birds and other species.